Dozer on the Edge
Photo and caption by Matt Barnes
I took this photo at the site of a massive March 8, 2012, landslide that shut down Interstate 75 for roughly 5 months for repairs. The beauty of the East Tennessee mountains masks the dangers associated with landslides and the difficulties in cleaning them up and repairing the roadway. The dozer operator was effortlessly moving boulders back and forth and pushing them down a 180-foot drop. He and his co-workers moved in total approximately 160,000 tons of graded rock and 206,000 tons of solid rock to rebuild the southbound lanes of I-75. And no one was hurt or killed.
Location: Caryville, Tennessee, Southeast United States