State awards emergency contract for I-75 rock slide cleanup

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials in Tennessee have let an emergency contract to begin clearing an area of Interstate 75 that’s covered by a rock slide.

Rock SlideMultiple media outlets report the state transportation department awarded the $2.9 million contract Monday to Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. The contract includes the removal of slide debris, stabilization of the existing slope and interstate repairs.

I-75 remains closed in both directions since a rock slide on Friday completely blocked the northbound lanes near mile marker 142 in Campbell County. Subsequent rock fall has since tumbled into the southbound lanes as well.

The contract stipulates that the road’s southbound lanes must reopen within 14 days, and that at least one northbound lane reopen within 21 days.

TDOT officials say the entire project must be completed by April 15.