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Landslide forces closure of roadway in DeKalb County

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Posted: Apr 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2021 6:36 PM

The Alabama Department of Transportation is closing Alabama 117 between Mentone and Valley Head in DeKalb County as a precaution, pending further investigation and repair of a landslide below the roadway on the side of Lookout Mountain.

Seth Burkett, ALDOT spokesman, said these are the official detours for commercial traffic:

Collapse on AL 117 in Mentone (Image from Seth Burkett/ALDOT)

Northbound AL 117 traffic (traveling toward Valley Head):

AL 117 SB to GA 48 EB (at state line) GA 48 EB to US 27 SB (in Summerville, Ga.)

US 27 SB to GA 114 WB (in Summerville, Ga.)

GA 114 WB to AL 68 WB (at state line)

AL 68 WB to AL 35 NB (at Gaylesville)

AL 35 NB to US 11 NB (at Fort Payne)

US 11 NB to AL 117 (at Hammondville)

Southbound AL 117 traffic (traveling toward Mentone):

AL 117 NB to US 11 SB (at Hammondville)

US 11 SB to AL 35 SB (at Fort Payne)

AL 35 SB to AL 68 EB (at Gaylesville)

AL 68 EB to GA 114 EB (at state line)

GA 114 EB to US 27 NB (in Summerville, Ga.)

US 27 NB to GA 48 WB (in Summerville, Ga.)

GA 48 WB to AL 117 NB (at state line)

Local passenger traffic may use other alternates.

Alabama 117 will be completely closed between Tutwiler Gap and Cool Street in Mentone.

Commercial drivers are strongly advised to use the brake check area on Alabama 35 to ensure safety before proceeding down the mountain into Fort Payne.

Alabama state troopers will assist with traffic control.

ALDOT is reviewing potential solutions to determine a safe repair.

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