KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation worked along a stretch of Chapman Highway Thursday to remove rocks that have been posing a hazard to drivers.
Large rocks rolled onto the highway twice last week just north of Ye Olde Steakhouse. Several cars were damaged the first time.
TDOT says the thawing snow mixed with rain has loosened many of the rocks.
"If you're around East Tennessee, you know there's always the possibility of rock slides or rocks going into the roadway just because of the close proximity to the roadways in many areas," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.
Crews worked Thursday to scale back some of the hillside. TDOT shut down a lane of traffic to move in heavy equipment to help do the job.
"We're going to take a track hoe out remove some of the loose rocks that they've found and then that rock will be taken out of the area," said Nagi.
While crews try to clear all of that loose rock, there is still a chance more could break up if more heavy rain falls. TDOT urges drivers to always use caution in these areas.
TDOT says it expects to have the work wrapped up by the end of the day Thursday, but says some of the work could extend into Friday and are asking drivers to be aware.
If you spot a rock slide or any area of concern, you are encouraged to report it to TDOT by calling (865) 594-2400.