Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will not know the extent of damage to Signal Mountain Road until geologists examine an early-morning wash out that collapsed the road bed.
But first impressions suggest the fix will not be easy or quick, said Jennifer Flynn, TDOT spokeswoman.
“We’ll probably have to (take bids for) an emergency contract to repair it, because it’s probably too large for our maintenance staff,” Ms. Flynn said.
Meanwhile, just one lane of the road will remain open, Ms. Flynn said. Other commuting options are slim for the roughly 7,000 people who reside in Signal Mountain and the thousands who live in other points north of Chattanooga.
The W Road is closed because of rock and mud slides, said Hamilton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Janice Atkinson. And Roberts Mill Road, one of the other major routes, is closed at Levi Road due to water on the road.
Staff Photo by Tracey Trumbull W road closed
Suck Creek Road was closed at Signal Mountain Road due to water over the road and mud slides on the Marion County side, but Ms. Flynn said it was re-opened at 9:30 a.m. today.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...