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SR 116 Could be closed up to several weeks for repair


State Route 116 is closed Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in north Anderson County between Indian Fork Lane and Bunch Cemetery due to a slide after heavy rains on Wednesday, Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy Tennessee Department of Transportation)

Today’s rainfall isn’t helping the situation out on Hwy 116 and TDOT hopes that more landslides don’t happen on the road.  TDOT says that a section of State Route 116 in Anderson County that was washed away by a landslide last week, is expected to remain closed for the next 3 to 4 weeks.  TDOT officials said Monday that loose material is being cleared from the site and the roadway will be replaced by a rock buttress. The damage occurred during last week’s torrential rainfall.  TDOT said one lane of the road was back open and a temporary traffic signal was in place as slide repair was under way.  SR 116 (New River Highway) is in the mountains in north Anderson County. It starts at Frost Bottom Road/Briceville Highway northeast of Oliver Springs, runs northwest to the Rosedale/New River area and then southwest to Petros.

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