Rock Slide Closes Dragon

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  1. Nathan

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    Rock slide on US 129 is between the Dragon and Happy Valley Road/Foothills Prkwy. Removal scheduled to take several weeks. Road will be blocked at times, now one lane open w/flaggers. No guarantee it will stay open. No way to check ahead. Alternatives - Cherohala Skyway and US 441 Great Smoky Mountains. It's a long way to backtrack if road closed.

    Video of driver hitting rock slide.

    http://www.wbir.com/video/default.aspx?aid=90522#/Local+News/Web+Extra%3A+10+News+camera+captures+car+drive+into+rockslide/44024439001/39627146001/71783729001
     
  2. BlimeyCabrio

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    Too bad it isn't totally blocked for a few months.

    Would keep the TN LEOs away.
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  3. phydeaux

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    Looks like someone wasn't paying attention.
     
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    has nothing to do with my MINI :( -- but at least
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    at least the Dog was OK!
     
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    If it was a Toyota he could have sued...
    Of course the first thought that went through my head was "how did you not see that?!?"
     
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    Man, that was one ugly woman...
     
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    Wow - isn't one of the biggest rules posted for the Dragon . . . pay attention - watch ahead and pay attention - then pay more attention . . . wow.
     
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    He admits he turned around to see what they were yelling at him about:lol:. Kind of reminds me of idiots that honk rather than brake when something is in their way :eek:ut:

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    :lol::lol::lol: My laugh of the day.

    I was telling Mark/Lotsie that I will be going to the Dragon for the first time in May----in a MINIVAN. :frown5:

    I'm taking our students to the area for the geology. I'll have to keep my eyes off the geology and on the road! :eek6:
     
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    On another note - Nathan will you or someone there be monitoring and posting more road closure info closer to MOTD?
     
  13. Nathan

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    Normally this is not an issue. However this year due to the wet winter there have been many in the area. The largest being on I-40 near the TN-NC state line that has the interstate closed since the end of October. Slated to reopen 3/31.

    The TN DOT website, TDOT SmartWay - Tennessee Department of Transportation- is pretty darn good about publishing these issues.
     
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    But just think how easy it will be to study the geology since they were kind enough to put it in the road for you. :lol:
     
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    NEWS UPDATE:

    We are looking at a long closure from the TN side approach to the Dragon. TDOT has said more than 30 days before US129 can be reopened. Looks like there is a 60 ton rock than is in danger of dropping on the road. 2 weeks just to get a plan together and get the bids in and probably a min of two weeks to complete work
     
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    so nice it posted twice...
     
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    Ha ha, yeah! What's great for geologists is not so great for drivers.
     
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