TDOT Region 2 Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn spoke to 105.7 News today and provided an update on repairs to a section of Highway 68.
“On Highway 68 in Rhea County, an area of the slope beneath the roadway near log mile 5.5 (between Spring City and Grandview) settled in February because of heavy rains. This is the site of a previous repair that was done by a geotechnical contractor GeoStabilization International, LLC (GSI) several years ago. The area that is currently settling and in need of repair is below the slope repairs that were made by GSI. Currently the roadway at this area is open to one lane and controlled with a signal until we can get the permanent repair project underway. Because the rainfall event that caused the settlement was a statewide event, we are waiting our turn to get one of the GSI crews in to begin repairs at the site. We hope to begin the repairs within the next several weeks,” said Flynn.
“We plan on keeping the roadway open to one lane during the repairs. There were some rumors going around in the community that we were planning on totally closing the road, but that is not the case. We want to reassure people that we plan to keep one lane open at all times on Highway 68,” added Flynn.
This is not the site near log mile 5.0 that was the site of the project that took place from late April to mid-July 2018.