UPDATE: The Tennessee Department of Transportation will narrow U.S. 41 near Haletown to one lane so crews can work on the necessary road repairs.

Cracks and signs of settlement appeared on the roadway near MM 25.6, causing a trouble spot for drivers.

TDOT crews have been working for several days to stabilize the section of U.S. 41. The roadway has continued to settle, and TDOT geotechnical engineers have assessed the cause and determine a possible solution for repair.

Until the repairs can be made, TDOT says traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a temporary traffic signal for public safety. This traffic pattern will be in place until further notice.

Motorists are urged to use caution as they travel through the area.


PREVIOUS STORY: A giant crack on Highway 41 in Marion County is causing problems for drivers. Residents say it has been a problem area for years.

It was first reported that the highway was having issues on Saturday.

Officials say the consistent rain in the past week caused the road to crack.

Several residents say the road conditions are horrible and need to be fixed.

There have been no reported crashes from the crack, but residents are concerned about the dangers it could pose.

Marie Hicks has lived in the area her entire life, and she says people need to slow down when driving on the cracks.

And seeing crews patching it up isn't something new to her. She hopes crews are out soon to help fix the roads before winter hits hard.

"See, winter is coming on, and they can come on and fix it. And that way, we won't get hurt going to work or getting back to go up and seeing my son,” Hicks said.

Jennifer Flynn, a spokesperson for TDOT, says they plan to have a permanent solution in the near future, so drivers here in Marion County are safer on the roads.