'Unstable rock slope' forces TDOT to close Hwy. 70N for 3 weeks

State highway officials closed a road in Hawkins and Hancock Counties after large rocks started falling onto the roadway.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation moved up the closure of Highway 70 North by one week because of what a TDOT spokesman called an "unstable rockslope."

TDOT closed the road at 10pm Monday night and said it likely will be closed for three weeks.  The closure was set to begin Monday, April 23rd.

"Due to the large rocks that have been falling from the hillside, the entire roadway must be closed to allow for this work to be completed," TDOT said. 

TDOT said Highway 70N in Eidson will be closed between State Route 94 and Clinch Valley Road. 

It's the same road were a massive rockslide forced a closure in May 2017.

TDOT released this detour route:

From SR 70 in Rogersville:

  • Take SR 1 (US 11W) South to SR 31 North in Mooresburg, to SR 33 North to SR 70 North

From SR 70 in Kyles Ford:

  • Take SR 33 South to SR 31 South in Sneedville, to SR 1 (US 11W) in North Mooresburg, to SR 70 North in Rogersville

"Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area as workers will be present," TDOT said.   "The TDOT SmartWay system will have real-time information on traffic conditions, and is accessible at SmartWay.tn.gov."




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