Crews work to set safety lines before hauling construction gear up the hillside along U.S. 64. WRCBtv.com photo
POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
The clean-up continues after a rock-slide closed part of Highway 64 Labor Day Weekend. Now more than 3 months later, one lane remains closed next to the Ocoee River as TDOT and other crews work on clearing the rocky trouble spots.
In a rare birds-eye view vantage point, Channel 3 went along for the climb.
The slide happened near Maddens Branch along the Ocoee River. It's been down to one lane with red light control since the Labor Day weekend slide.
"TDOT operations crews had the area stabilized as much as they could, but this project will further address the area to lessen the chance of future slides," said TDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn.
"We're drilling to put in some anchor points to use a heavy-duty slusher machine to pull some of the stuff on off the slope," Ameritech Project Manager Todd Reccord said.
Todd Reccord drove all the way from Canada to oversee the project for Ameritech. To put it simply, he said they're drilling with two big goals: cleaning up the rocky debris and lessening the chance of it happening again.
"This slide will be cleaned up.. but in the future it's possible the same thing will happen in this area," Reccord said.
Bids were open on the project on October 18, 2013 and the low bidder was Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc. of Charleston, TN with a bid of $497,700.00., Flynn said.
The project is scheduled to be complete late next week.