NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A stretch of Interstate 24 near Nashville is expected to be closed for at least a week after heavy rains caused a landslide which covered the interstate's eastbound lanes.
On Sunday, TDOT crews were diverting drivers off of the interstate and onto Old Hickory Boulevard. The detour caused massive delays, leaving drivers frustrated and with questions.
"It's mayhem, man," one driver said, while pulled over at a gas station on Old Hickory Blvd. "You cant do nothing, you stuck." Several drivers said they spent about an hour in bumper to bumper traffic, going less than 5 mph on the interstate.
The landslide happened Saturday night at about 10:00. The dirt and mud fell onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at mile marker 42, which is East of Briley Parkway in the Northwest portion of Davidson County.
TDOT crews say the interstate shut down will last "at least a week" as they work to determine the cause of the landslide, clean up the mess and then secure the roadway.
Drivers who commute to the Nasvhille Metro from the Clarksville or Hopkinsville areas are urged to find alternate routes. Some options include Whites Creek Pike, Clarksville Pike and Highway 12 through Ashland City. However, all of those are smaller roads that are expected to see big increases in traffic, so drivers should anticipate delays and give themselves plenty of time.