published Monday, March 25th, 2013

Rock slide closes State Route 16 in Franklin County, Tenn.

A rock slide this morning at about 6:30 a.m. forced the closure of State Route 16 in Franklin County, Tenn., according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The slide at Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mountain is in the same location where TDOT crews are involved in an active $2.4 million rock slide mitigation project, and personnel are determining when the roadway safely can be reopened, the release states.

While the road is closed, only local passenger car traffic will be allowed to use Iron Gap Road to detour around the site, officials said. Truck traffic must seek alternate routes.

For travel information, go to the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511.

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