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.
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.