The Tennessee Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the portion of Interstate 40 closed Monday should reopen by Monday, Feb. 6.
TDOT awarded an emergency contract to remove debris and unstable rock from I-40 westbound in Cocke County, TN.
The westbound lanes of the interstate are closed at mile marker 451 in Tennessee until mile marker 20 in North Carolina.
TDOT received bids from four different contractors, awarding the bid to Phillips and Jordan, Inc. of Knoxville after they submitted the lowest bid of $59,350.
The contractor was scheduled to begin work Thursday afternoon and hoped to have the work finished in order to reopen the interstate by Monday.
The detour route for drivers headed westbound on I-40 is approximately 55 miles. Motorists were asked to take I-240 West (Exit 53B) in Asheville to I-26 West (Exit 4A) to I-81 South (Exit 8A) back to I-40 West.
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