published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Crews breaking up boulders after Sunday rock slide on Route 108 in Grundy County

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    Photo by TDOT A rockslide early Sunday blocked a section of SR-108 in Grundy between Viola and Altamont.

State transportation department crews are using track hoes today to break up large boulders after a rock slide Sunday that blocked state Route 108 between Viola and Altamont.

Jeremy Price, overseeing the work for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said crews were making progress.

“We may start drilling the larger boulders [Tuesday] to start blasting,” he said.

Officials said it could be three weeks before the road is cleared. Cleaning up the rock slide, which happened shortly after midnight Sunday, is estimated to involve moving 23,000 tons of rubble.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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