Rock slide closes lane of interstate

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By Damon Lawrence

Traffic was again flowing steadily in both lanes of Interstate 40 on Tuesday after state road crews worked through Monday to clear debris from a rock slide in West Roane County.
The back-and-forth weather may have caused the rock slide on the westbound side of the interstate near mile marker 343.
“A good guess is that it is weather related,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said.
“Going from freezing to thawing, and then throw in the wet winter/early spring, and the possibility of rock slides occurring does increase.”
TDOT said the rock slide was reported at 9:30 a.m.
“A trackhoe with a rock hammer is heading to the site to break the large boulder into pieces small enough that they can be removed by TDOT Maintenance,” Nagi said on Monday.
“Concrete barricades will be put up so that if any loose materials were to fall from the slope, they would be contained.”
The right lane was blocked Monday afternoon as crews worked to clean up the rock slide.