Flooding damage indefinitely closes Jones Cove Road in Sevier County

The road was closed near Wilhite Road, and detours are being set up.
The road was closed near Wilhite Road, and detours are being set up.
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 4:33 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 11:46 AM EDT
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SEVIER CO., Tenn. (WVLT) - Jones Cove Road, also known as State Route 339, will be closed indefinitely after flooding damaged a bridge, Tennessee Department of Transportation official Mark Nagi said.

The road was closed near Wilhite Road, and detours are set up.

Eastbound travelers will be detoured from Jones Cove Road to State Route 35 (US 411) to State Route 416, to State Route 454, to State Route 32 (US 321) and then back to State Route 339.

Flooding damage indefinitely closes Jones Cove Road in Sevier County
Flooding damage indefinitely closes Jones Cove Road in Sevier County(TDOT)

Westbound traffic will be directed to State Route 32 (US 321) to State Route 454, to State Route 416, to State Route 35 (US 411) and then back to State Route 339, Nagi said.

“This will be an indefinite road closure,” said Nagi. “Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area as workers will be present.”

Motorists will be directed by signage in the area.

Nagi released an update about the repair of the bridge. TDOT survey, geotechnical engineers and environmental staff have been to the bridge to finish assessments. the Tennessee Division of Archaeology is also beginning its review.

“Obviously something like this takes some time, but TDOT is working as quickly as possible to restore this roadway. We expect to have a structure replacement plan finished within the next two weeks,” Nagi said.

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