Rock slide on Keith Springs Mtn in Franklin County… Photo provided
At approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, a rockslide occurred on SR-16 (Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mtn.) in Franklin County, totally closing the road near log mile 17.7. The rockslide occurred in the same location where a $2.4 million TDOT rockslide mitigation project is currently underway. Because the rockslide occurred at the site of an active project, personnel from Highways, Inc. are already in the area and can quickly mobilize to address the rockslide. TDOT and contractor personnel are assessing the area to determine when the roadway can safely be reopened, and crews and equipment will move in soon to begin the clearing the roadway. While the road is closed, only local passenger car traffic will be allowed to use Iron Gap Road as a detour around the site. Truck traffic will not be allowed to use this road and will have to seek alternate routes. The average daily traffic count along this section of SR-16 is approximately 780 vehicles per day.