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Highway In Carthage Reopened After Massive Rock Slide

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CARTHAGE, Tenn. - A highway in Carthage has been reopened three days ahead of schedule after a massive rock slide on State Route 25 shut down the roadway for about two weeks.

The roadway had been closed after both lanes near the Cumberland River Overlook were blocked.

Carthage Police said rocks started cascading down a hillside burying part of State Route 25/Dixon Springs Highway sometime before 5 a.m. on May 9.

PHOTOS: SR-25 Rock Slide

The Tennessee Department of Transportation's Geo-technical and Design staff were assessing the slide, and then contractors will remove larger rock and perform any necessary stabilization work.

The boulders stretch all the way across the two lane highway south of Massey Road and goes back 165 feet. Some of them are the size of dump trucks.

Officials believe the abundance of rain recently received played a role in the rock slide.

No injuries were reported.

Drivers had been using the detour in place from State Route 263 (Main Street/Hartsville Pike/Turkey Creek Road) to State Route 85 (Defeated Creek Highway) to State Route 80 (Pleasant Shade Highway).

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