Almost 18,000 Cars Travel Through Tunnels Each Day
It is anybody’s guess as to when the Bachman Tunnels will reopen to traffic after a Wednesday evening mudslide brought down debris on the East side of the heavily traveled thoroughfare.
Tennessee Department of Transportation crews, which included engineers, were out early Thursday morning to assess the situation and clear the debris.
TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said in a statement that the tunnels themselves were not damaged.
“We are concerned with the stability of the slope,” Flynn said is a written statement to East Ridge News Online. “Our crews have been cleaning debris from the roadway and trimming trees from the slope.”
Flynn said water is still running off the bank onto Westbound lanes on Highway 41 that is Ringgold Road. Flynn said that based on 2020 statistics 17,925 cars travel through the tunnels each day.
Geotechnical engineers are assessing the situation and preparing a plan for repairing and stabilizing the slope.
“We will open the tunnels as soon as we safely can, but I don’t know when that will be at this time,” Flynn stated.