Repairs begin to the East Ridge Bachman Tunnel where landslide happened


EAST RIDGE, Tenn (WDEF) – Over the last several weeks Chattanooga has been hit with several damaging rain showers which caused a landslide on March 19th to one of the East Ridge tunnels. 

After a week of devising the most effective plan, TDOT and GeoStabilization International have begun to make the repairs to the area. 

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“This repair that GSI will be doing for the department involves soil nails inserting these long metal rods into the slope and then Grouting them and sealing them with concrete to keep them there. This will be a permanent repair,” says Jennifer Flynn, TDOT.

The area to be repaired is the westbound tunnel which means that traffic from East Ridge toward downtown Chattanooga will have to be detoured. However, the eastbound side of the tunnel will remain open to drivers.

“Drivers need to be cautious. There will be a lot of workers out there. So drive slowly to make sure we can keep them safe and make sure they can get the job done that they need to get done as quickly as they can,” says Chris Dorsey, East Ridge City Manager.

The repairs are scheduled to be completed by April 16, 2021, barring any severe weather, and they could be completed earlier.

The contractor will also repair an additional slide area after they complete the first site, but the work will be done off the roadway and will not affect traffic. 

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at