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Rock slide causes delays on Governors Drive Monday morning

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A rock slide caused delays Monday morning on Governors Drive just past Monte Sano Boulevard. No damage or injuries were reported from the rock slide.

The rocks were blocking one lane in each direction and Waze users were reporting a backup all the way to Hampton Cove.

Alabama Department of Transportation sent crews to the area Monday morning. Seth Burkett with ALDOT North Region says they removed rocks from the roadway and took preventative measures. "They also removed loose pieces of rock from that rock-face to ensure that nothing fell afterwards," says Burkett.

Traffic was diverted while they worked on the rock-face but within 3 hours, the road was clear and traffic was flowing smoothly.

Keith Mandel with engineering company OMI Inc. said the rock slide more than likely wasn't triggered by anything but gravity. He said the area hasn't been cut in a long time and it was odd to have a rock slide in the current weather, but "everything weathers."

Burkett says sometimes, rock slides are going to occur without warning and the main causes were erosion and gravity, but heat may have been a factor. "You tend to think of things like that happening more in wet conditions, but they dry conditions could've evaporated the moisture out of the soil and caused rocks to settle," says Burkett.

Huntsville Police sent a Nixle alert at 11:00 a.m. that said the road was fully open.

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