Rockslide closes I-75 in Campbell County, Tenn., for weeks

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 2/29/2016

The week is off to a rocky start in Campbell County in Tennessee. A section of Interstate 75 in the area has been shut down due to a rockslide that occurred on Friday, Feb. 26, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Vehicles with a width of 10 feet or more traveling southbound on I-75 will take Exit 29 at Corbin and follow U.S. 25E into Tennessee and enter Interstate 81 at Exit 8. Northbound traffic will need to take Interstate 40 East to I-81 North Exit 8 in Morristown/White Pine and use U.S. 25 East to get back on I-75 at Exit 29.

All other motorists will use a different alternate route. Southbound traffic will get off at Exit 160 in Jellico and northbound drivers will use Exit 134 in Caryville/Lafollette. TDOT encourages all truck traffic to use the “wide load detour” due to horizontal curves and mountainous terrain along SR 297.

According to TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi, reopening of the affected section of I-75 will be a matter of weeks rather than days. As of press time, Nagi did not have a more specific timeline but expects more details in the coming days.

No injuries or damage to vehicles occurred as result of the rockslide. One motorist on social media claims to have waited for about an hour and a half between mile marker 134 and 141 with traffic at a standstill.

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