TDOT says US 64 closed at least 2 months

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials say a stretch of U.S. Highway 64 buried under a rock slide will not reopen for at least two months while the debris is cleared away.

The state has awarded a $2.1 million emergency contract to Sevierville-based Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc.

A Tennessee Department of Transportation engineer said there are about 3,000 dump truckloads of material to be removed.

The Tuesday rockslide buried portions of the highway along the Ocoee River near Ducktown.

Crews will also remove unstable material from the mountain and use 40-foot long rock anchors to help secure material along the slope.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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