Rock Slide Closes U.S. 64/SR-40 In Polk County; Rafting To Resume Friday

Thursday, August 29, 2013
- photo by TDOT


A large rock slide occurred on U.S. 64/SR-40 in Polk County at approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The location of the slide is near SR-30 and Maddens Branch at log mile 11. 

The roadway remains closed to traffic at log mile 11 on U.S. 64.  TDOT crews continue to remove debris from the area, but the slope still remains unstable.

TDOT officials said they have worked with State Parks and other agencies to resume rafting on the Ocoee River beginning Friday morning.

Officials said, "Our traffic control personnel will be set up accordingly.  If the containment area behind the rockfall fence is cleaned up to our satisfaction, we are planning on possibly allowing one lane of traffic through the slide area by mid-morning tomorrow.  Drivers will be protected by the containment area, the rockfall fence, and by a row of dump trucks parked along the fence to divert any material that might possibly come over the fence.  TDOT Operations personnel will be at the site monitoring the situation and stopping motorists if necessary.  This operation will continue throughout the long weekend."

The area where the slide occurred is the same place that TDOT installed a rockfall fence following a rock slide that occurred in January 2010. The rockfall fence held back most of the material, but the catchment area is full and in danger of overflowing the fence. The roadway was initially closed to traffic. 



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