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Work will take all summer to nail I-75 to mountain

A state highway contractor is trying to complete repairs to a massive rock slide that sent part of Interstate 75 tumbling off a mountain in East Tennessee.
The work will take all summer after a "slide within a slide" occurred in
Campbell County, not far from the Kentucky border.
A first attempt to keep the lanes anchored to the slope involved
shooting 20-foot-long nails into the ground at 220 mph. It didn't
work.
The first cracks appeared March 8. Tennessee Department of
Transportation geotechnical engineer Saieb Haddad recommended the
department close the southbound lanes and a detour was established.
Eventually, one southbound lane was reopened as work continues
on the mountainside.


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