One lane of Alcoa Highway northbound reopens following rock slide

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One lane of Alcoa Highway has reopened late Wednesday morning following a rock slide shortly before 5:00 a.m.

The slide shut down northbound lanes on Alcoa Highway at the US Marine Center, diverting traffic onto John Sevier Highway.

TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi told Local 8 News Reporter Whitney Kent surveyers are on the scene and crews hope to soon have a wall up to contain the rockslide.

TDOT hopes to have one lane of Northbound traffic open by evening rush hour.

The rock slide happened early Wednesday morning, and a truck ran into the falling rocks.

The driver was treated at a local hospital for minor cuts and bruises to his arm.

He works for Action Expediting out of Madison, Georgia.

The owner of Action Expediting tells us his driver's route is Chattanooga to Knoxville.

Here are some detour options for you.

The overhead signs on Alcoa Highway near Blount County are advising drivers to take Pellissippi Parkway to I-40.

You can follow the closure off Alcoa Highway to John Sevier to Chapman Highway.

Because of the Henley Street bridge closure, continue to follow the existing detour to the James White Parkway to get to downtown Knoxville.

If you need to travel within the closure, you can take Woodson Drive to Chapman Highway, an alternative for UT Medical Center, and other locations near Alcoa Highway and the closure.

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