Crews finish up work to reopen Alcoa Highway lane

Crews finish up work to reopen Alcoa Highway lane

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Workers at the site of the rockslide last month. Workers at the site of the rockslide last month.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews are working to stabilize a rockslide site along Alcoa Highway northbound and expect to have all lanes back open by Friday.

TDOT says workers are still grouting rock anchors, the large bolts that crews drive into the side of the hillside to better stabilize the rockface and hopefully prevent future slides.

Crews are also working on the fence draping, which was damaged in the previous slide.

The draping can take some of the energy out of the rock, should it fall, and hopefully prevent it from falling out onto the roadway and doing any damage.

TDOT says everything is still on time for both northbound lanes to be reopened by the end of the week.

Some work will still need to be done through the Feb. 15 for the clean-up process, so crews will still be out from time to time.

Some of that work will result in temporary lane closures through that date.

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