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Traffic Delayed On Highway 68 Following A Landslide On Saturday Morning

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Photos courtesy of the Leesburg Police Department

A portion of Highway 68 near the top of mountain from Leesburg to Sand Rock was closed for an extended period of time as Alabama Department of Transportation crews tended to a landslide that occurred early Saturday morning leaving traffic down to one lane.

The Highway reopened to two lane traffic a short time later, However ALDOT says to expect delays over the next several days until the shoulder of the road can be completely repaired.

ALDOT District Manager Cody Adams told WEIS Radio News that all of the rainfall has caused so much saturation of soil and it caused the side of the mountain at the guardrail area to fail.

The State Highway Department have placed barricades on the shoulder to prevent vehicles from getting close and are also trying to prevent any more rainfall over the next couple of days from making it worse.

Adams says they hope to get a permanent fix as soon as possible, in the meantime drivers are being asked to be mindful of narrowing lanes and use slower speeds when approaching area.

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Joey Weaver

Joey Weaver has worked for WEIS Radio in Centre as the Assistant News Director since 2008 covering news in Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia.

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