Part of Highway 70N closed as TDOT removes rockslide debris in Hawkins County

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee Department of Transportation crews started removing rocks and boulders Sunday on Highway 70 N, just one day after a landslide shut down part of the road.

Hawkins County Emergency Management officials were called to the area of Highway 70 N near Cave Springs around 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Hawkins County EMA Director Gary Murrell said that’s when crews discovered a pile of rocks and debris laying in the roadway.

Sunday morning, TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said crews were hauling equipment into the area and getting the work site ready for crews to come in on Monday.

Nagi said the plan was to start breaking up material Sunday so crews could start loading for removal Monday morning.

Highway 70 N is currently closed between Cave Springs Road and Clinch Valley Road.

According to Nagi, the route will remain closed “in days to come” as crews work to clear debris. TDOT estimates the road may reopen around Friday, May 26.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story.

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