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Slide Forces TDOT to Close I-75 South in Campbell County

Friday, March 09, 2012 | 08:28am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has closed both lanes of Interstate 75 South in Campbell County, which is located in northeast Tennessee on the Kentucky border, due the collapse of a section of embankment. The 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.
“We must take these necessary steps to keep drivers safe,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We are working very quickly to develop a plan for repairs and will work diligently to minimize the inconvenience to travelers.”
Effective immediately, I-75 South is closed at Mile Marker 160. Detour routes are as follows:
  • Motorists are advised to detour at Exit 160 in Jellico and turn left to follow US 25W to LaFollette, then back to I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville.
  • Wide loads must exit I-75 at Exit 160 in Jellico and turn right to follow SR 297 West to SR 63, then back to I-75 South at Exit 141.
Detour signs and portable message boards have been placed at various locations to assist motorists.
Once a repair plan is finalized, TDOT will solicit contract bids and initiate a project to repair the interstate.
For travel and TDOT construction information, please visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at, or call 511 from any land-line or cellular phone.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets. Smart phone users can use the TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.

For more information:

Mark Nagi

TDOT Region 1 Community Relations Officer

Office 865.594.0161

Mobile 865.255.7731

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