Hwy. 66 exit back open after cement beam blockage

Update: TDOT says a Highway 66 exit is back open after a large cement beam fell off a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon.

Update: A second crane has been brought in to move the huge beam that's blocking Highway 66.

Because of that, drivers traveling west on I-40 cannot get off of Exit 407 to travel in south on Hwy. 66 to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg.

Instead, those drivers are being redirected to exit 402, that's Midway, and take Douglas Dam Road to Winfield Dunn Pkwy/Hwy 66.

People driving east on I-40 should have no problems getting of the interstate at exit 407 and traveling in either direction.

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A 51,000 pound beam is tying up traffic at a busy I-40 intersection.

The beam fell off a tractor-trailer that overturned on Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) at 1:51 pm near the I-40 exit. That's exit 407, the busy gateway to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.

Currently, Highway 66 south from Kodak is shut down. Drivers who need to get through are being rerouted onto I-40 to exit 402, then back on to the interstate to exit at 407.

Drivers trying to get to the tourist attractions in Sevier County off exit 407 should be unaffected.

Authorities said the cement pylon was being transported to the Rail Regan Bridge. There is a crane there now attempting to lift the pylon, but it could take several hours.

There's no word if there were injuries in the accident.

Hwy. 66 still closed. They have a second crane on the scene. They are working to get it on the trailer and move it out.

Also new – there is no way to go south from the I-40 exit because of the second crane.

If drivers want to head south on Hwy. 66 – they'll have to take exit 402 and take Douglas Dam to


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