|Photo: Mark Nagi, TDOT.|
Drivers on I-75 should be prepared to use alternate routes for "weeks."
Officials say a "slope slide" is forcing closure in both directions and TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi says this is going to be a "long-term" closure. Nagi says crews will spend the weekend evaluating the slide.
“We won’t allow a roadway to be open to the public if we feel it presents a danger to the motoring public, and right now that roadway is not safe for travel," said Nagi on Saturday morning to WBIR.com.
The slope slide is on the northbound side, but some of the falling rocks made it all the way to the median forcing officials to close both sides of the interstate.
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Southbound auto traffic is being closed at the 160 mile marker --- the Jellico exit, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.
Northbound traffic is being shifted to U.S. Highway 25W. The 33-mile detour from Caryville to Jellico on 25W will add time to your trip if you're planning on going north on I-75.
According to Nagi, southbound traffic is being shifted to State Road 297 West to State Road 63 and then back onto I-75 South at Exit 141. The southbound detour will add 26 miles to your trip.
The rockslide was reported about 3:45 p.m. Friday at mile marker 141.5 in Campbell County (TN), forcing immediate closure of northbound I-75 traffic, according to Nagi.
There were no injuries or reports of cars being hit by the falling rocks.
Officials originally estimated that the road would be open by Monday afternoon.