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State transportation officials say the repair project on State Route 30 west of Pikeville, Tenn., in Bledsoe County is moving forward and one lane should be opened to traffic by Monday.

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A $1.6 million emergency contract for the repairs was awarded a couple of months ago to Dement Construction Co. out of Jackson, Tenn., to perform the repair work on the stretch of road at the 7.5-mile mark going up the mountain on Highway 30 from U.S. Highway 127.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said that work will continue after the lane is opened. The project is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, officials said at the beginning of the project.

The repair contract includes excavating, stabilizing and rebuilding the road at the site of a recent slope failure, Flynn said.

Due to the magnitude of the project, the contractor has closed SR-30 to all traffic at the project site, she said.

The closure will be in effect through July 31 to allow the contractor enough room to make the necessary repairs, and detours will be posted.

Starting by Monday, the road will be opened to one lane under the control of a temporary traffic signal. The road will remain in this configuration throughout August, after which it will be reopened to two lanes, Flynn said.

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