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Rock Slide Forces Road Closure In Franklin County

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Approaching the rockslide on Rowe Gap Road from northbound lanes. Approaching the rockslide on Rowe Gap Road from northbound lanes.
Approaching the rockslide on Rowe Gap Road from southbound lanes. Approaching the rockslide on Rowe Gap Road from southbound lanes.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. – A stretch of State Route 16 in Franklin County has been forced shut after rock slide scattered large boulders and debris across the roadway.

The rockslide was reported about 6:30 a.m. Monday on Rowe Gap Road near Keith Springs Mountain, about 6 miles south of Winchester. Both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the rockslide occurred at the same spot where a $2.4 million rockslide mitigation project was underway.

There were already crews scheduled to work in the area, so officials believed the roadway would be cleared quickly.

Officials expected the road to be closed until at least 11 p.m. Tuesday.

TDOT and contractor officials were working to determine who much damage was done to the roadway and when crews could begin moving the rocks and debris.

Traffic has been diverted to alternate routes. Drivers have been advised to use Iron Gap Road and Miller Road as a detour. Because of the narrowness of the roads, only local passenger car traffic will be allowed through the detour.

Rowe Gap Road has been closed to trucks because of the narrow detour. Truck drivers should find an alternative route. 

Officials said the average daily traffic count on the road was about 780 vehicles per day. 

It was not clear if officials believed heavy rain caused the rockslide. 

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