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Work to begin on Alcoa Highway rockslide later this week

6:26 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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Work to repair a rockslide on Alcoa Highway is expected to being later this week.

The slide happened last Tuesday night, when two huge boulders crashed down onto the roadway, blocking one northbound lane near UT Medical Center.

On Wednesday, TDOT announced that Kay & Kay Contracting, LLC submitted the lowest bid of $308,040 to win the project.

TDOT received bids from five different contractors for the rock slope stabilization project on Alcoa Highway.

One northbound lane will remain closed during the repair project, which is taking place near Woodson Road. Southbound traffic is not affected.

Traffic backups occur in this area during peak travel times such as morning rush hour. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes such as:

1) Alcoa Highway to Pellissippi Parkway to Interstate 40.
2) Alcoa Highway to John Sevier Highway to Chapman Highway to James White Parkway into Downtown Knoxville or Interstate 40.

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