State Route 68 Wassom Memorial Highway between Grandview and Spring City has been affected from flooding. Rhea County Sheriff’s Department was notified on Sunday February 24th, 2019 that several cracks formed in the roadway after the recent heavy rains and flooding that affected the area.
The Sheriff’s Department checked the roadway and immediately made notification to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. TDOT employees arrived shortly after and began assessing the roadway condition. TDOT crews had to reduce the roadway down to one lane in the area. The affected area is between Bill Cox Lane and Garland Lane on State Route 68 Wassom Memorial Highway. Temporary traffic lights were put place in the area and message boards warning motorists to be prepared to stop were placed at the top of Grandview Mountain and Near Industrial Park Blvd.
Traffic in the area was reduced to one lane of travel and is currently being controlled by traffic signals and the speed limit in the area was reduced to 20 miles per hour.
The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department along with TDOT has received numerous questions about the status of the roadway.
“The Sheriff’s Department has a great working relationship with TDOT” and has been in contact with TDOT since this roadway issue developed.
Sheriff’s Department officials have spoken with Jennifer Flynn, TDOT Community Relations Officer and have been advised that there are no plans to close SR-68 for slope repairs.
“TDOT is planning to keep one lane open with a signal at all times. TDOT is still in the process of finalizing the permanent repair plan, and permanent repairs to the area should start soon. During the repairs, the road will remain open to one lane as it is currently.”