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Work To Remove Debris From US 129 Continues

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A crew continues to clear debris from a rockslide on "The Dragon" in Blount County.

The section of U.S. 129, favored by motorcyclists because of a series of sharp curves, was closed Friday morning when rocks, soil and trees slid onto the pavement about 9 miles north of the North Carolina state line.

The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi on Monday morning, saying about half of the debris was removed on Sunday. Dumps carted away 67 loads, but the work was disrupted by rain that made it dangerous to remove debris.

The rockslide was 125 feet long and more than 60 feet high.

TDOT geotechnical specialists will decide how to stabilize the hillside, once the debris is removed.

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