03-09-2012

I-75 south closed by earth slide inside Tennessee line; traffic being detoured

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Both southbound lanes of Interstate 75 have been shut down indefinitely across the Tennessee border due to collapse of the underlying embankment.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reports that earth under the interstate has continued to move since the collapse was discovered on Thursday. To ensure the safety of the motoring public, traffic on I-75 Southbound will be detoured until the interstate can be repaired, according to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Effective immediately, I-75 South is closed at Mile Marker 160. Detour routes are as follows:

Exit 160 in Jellico, Tenn. Turn left to follow US 25W to LaFollette, then back to I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville.

Wide loads: Exit 160 in Jellico. Turn right to follow State Route 297 West to State Route 63, then back to I-75 South at Exit 141.

Detour signs and portable message boards have been placed at various locations. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through this area and expect delays.

Once a repair plan is finalized, TDOT will solicit contract bids and initiate a project to repair the interstate.

More information is available at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or by calling 877-244-0065. Traffic alerts are available via TDOT Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets. Smart phone users can access TDOT SmartWay Mobile at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/.