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SB I-75 lanes temporarily close near TN, KY line

7:06 AM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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Update 6:57 a.m.

THP reports all southbound lanes on one of the detours, State Route 297 S in Campbell County, was blocked due to a disabled vehicle Tuesday morning.  They estimate it to be clear by 8:00 a.m.

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TDOT has closed part of Interstate 75 near the Tennessee, Kentucky line to continue work on a stretch of embankment where an earth slide occurred two months ago.

TDOT closed both of the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near Jellico Exit 160. It closed one northbound lane for three miles from mile marker 141 to 144. The department hopes to have one lane of southbound Interstate 75 re-opened by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews are currently installing a portable barrier rails in that area.

"It is overnight work," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi. "We just wanted to make sure we could be as careful as we could with the folks that are traveling south in that area."

TDOT is suggesting drivers take a number of detours to get around the area.

  • Detour Route for I-75 South: Take Exit 160 in Jellico, follow US 25W to LaFollette and back onto I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville.
  • Wide Load Detour Route for I-75 South: Take Exit 160 in Jellico, turn right and follow SR 297 West to SR 63 and back onto I-75 South at Exit 141.
  • Suggested Alternate Route for I-75 North: Take Exit 134 in Caryville, follow US 25W to LaFollette and back onto I-75 North at Exit 160 in Jellico.

Truckers like Brian White have had to deal with closures on Interstate 75 before.  White, a Lafollette native who frequently drives north and south on the the I-75, said he once had to take a 90 mile detour through the mountains of Kentucky to avoid the area.

"It just makes it an inconvenience," he said.

But, Nagi told 10News the department hopes to have all of its work in the area done by the end of September.

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