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TDOT awards $23.8 million to repair slide damage on two Hawkins highways

Jeff Bobo • Mar 4, 2019 at 8:15 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded contracts totaling more than $23.8 million to repair landslide damage that occurred last month in Hawkins County on Route 70-N and Route 66-N.

TDOT announced Monday it had awarded a $15.184 million contract to Summers-Taylor, Inc. to repair the Route 66-N slide that occurred between New Life Road and Clinch Valley Road on Feb. 24.

On Friday, TDOT announced it had awarded an $8.721 million contract to repair the slide at Route 70-N that occurred between Clinch Valley Road and Route 94 (Pressmen's Home Road) near Cave Springs Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 21.

The Route 66-N contract

The contract includes the reinforcement of Route 66-N with soil nails and shotcrete in order to stabilize the existing roadway. This repair project is scheduled to be complete on or before Oct. 15.

Currently, State Route 66 remains closed in both directions. During the closure, all traffic is being detoured. Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the road closure. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.

The Route 70-N contract

The contract includes the building of a large rock buttress and soil nails to stabilize the slope. This repair project is scheduled to be complete on or before Aug. 15.

Currently, Highway 70-N remains closed in both directions. During the closure, all traffic will be detoured. Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the road closure. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.

While driving through mist and fog on Clinch Mountain, one man was killed and another seriously injured on Feb. 21 when they drove off Route 70-N where it had collapsed.

Detour routes for both Route 66-N and Route 70-N

From Route 70-N or Route 66-N in Rogersville: Take 11-W west to Mooresburg, turn north on Route 31 to Sneedville, and then east on Route 33 to Route 66-N in Sneedville or Route 70-N at Kyles Ford.

From Route 66-N in Sneedville and Route 70-N in Kyles Ford: Take Route 33 west to Sneedville, turn south on Route 31 to 11-W in Mooresburg, and then turn east to Route 66-N or Route 70-N in Rogersville.

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