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I-75 expecting busy weekend after completion of earthslide construction

8:23 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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AAA reports more than 33 million Americans will be on the road this Labor Day weekend, and drivers and businesses Campbell County expect the local I-75 to be busy too.

Drivers, like the Ginns of Oneida.

"Where are we going?" Jared Ginn asked his son, Noah.

"I don't know...." his four-year-old son smiled.

For months, drivers had to avoid a four mile stretch of I-75, around milemarker 143, following a March earthslide.

"It was really congested... I would get stopped on Caryville Mtn. and wait in traffic. Make it 30 minutes, an hour just to get home," Jared Ginn recalled, spending many times stuck in construction traffic and going through detours.

Nearby businesses, suffering from a loss of drivers and profits, did not expect the construction to be done by Labor Day. TDOT said at first, they were to be done by the end of September.

"We were not expecting it to be done. But now that it is and traffic is flowing good," said Tammy Norris, a worker at the Roadhouse Market, one of the businesses along the construction. Mangers said the store saw a 70% drop during the four month work period.

"It was really slow. We're glad to see things pick up," Norris added.

AAA expected this weekend to be one of the busies Labor Days in recent years, despite the high gas prices.

As drivers, like the Ginns are glad to hop on the road, and not see that familiar construction.  If that work did continue, wife Christy smiled and said, "We would be home."

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