Sullivan Co. Hwy. Dept: People ignoring road closed signs; Collapse larger than what you see

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) –  The Sullivan County Highway Department reports Old Fordtown Road between the intersection of Hidden Valley Road and Jackson Hollow Road is closed.

The highway department says that portion is not open to traffic due to “needed roadway slide repair” and it’s not known how long the road will be closed, due to “nature of needed repair work”.

Drivers are asked to take an alternate route.

Jim Belgeri, Sullivan County Commissioner of Highways, told News Channel 11 last week the Sullivan County Highway Department found out about the collapse.

In addition, there is a CSX rail line at the bottom of the slide that was affected.

The highway department is studying to see if it would be better to fix the slide area or just part of the slide. Belgeri says that part that collapsed is only a small portion of a much larger slide area.

The base is about 150 feet and the top is about 120 feet. Either fix, he says, will require starting at the bottom of the slide and working their way 7up.  The bottom of the slide, Belgeri says, is on the CSX right of way –  so efforts to fix will have to be coordinated between both parties.

The highway department says they have received reports of people actually driving around the “road closed” signs. Belgeri warns this can be dangerous and the slide area is larger than what you can see.

News Channel 11 took these pictures of the road. It appears part of the road gave way, making it unsafe for drivers to pass through.



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