Picture taken on Thursday morning of clean up
(Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mtn.) in Franklin County will remain closed near log mile 17.7 as clean-up continues from a rockslide that occurred earlier this week. Because the rockslide occurred at the site of an active $2.4 million TDOT rockslide mitigation project, personnel from Highways, Inc. were in the area and quickly mobilized and began cleanup of the site. As cleanup has progressed, TDOT geotechnical engineers and construction personnel have found several unstable areas that need to be addressed before the road can safely be reopened. Additional cracking and separation was discovered in another large section of rock adjacent to where the rockslide occurred. In addition to clean-up from Monday’s slide, the contractor will also drill and blast the unstable rock wall. This additional work is anticipated to take several days to complete. Barring unforeseen circumstances, TDOT hopes to reopen SR 16 on Friday, April 12.