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Landslide Closes Section of I-24


Counties all across middle Tennessee are still recovering from flash flooding over the weekend

but the Tennessee Department of Transportation has their hands full as well.


According to the TDOT, a landslide occurred at mile marker 42 on I-24 Eastbound in northwest

Davidson County. The landslide happened at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Crews have a long-term closure in place. As a result, traffic on I-24 eastbound is currently being

redirected onto Old Hickory Boulevard at Exit 40 to I-65 or Briley Parkway.


TDOT states that while it cannot give a concrete estimate for re-opening, drivers should plan for

the closure to be in place for at least a week. The department has also released the following

information:


- Because of the geological and soil conditions, as well as general terrain, slides and

rockfalls are common in Middle and East Tennessee.


- Common triggers for slides and rockfalls are extended periods of wet weather and/or the

freezing and thawing of water, and they typically occur in winter and early spring.


- Potential slides and rockfalls are nearly impossible to predict with any accuracy.


- TDOT budgets $3 million annually to address rockfall and slide issues, and often seeks

federal disaster assistance to assist in covering the cost of major slides or rockfalls.


Story by MTN Reporter Kaitlin Rettig