Major backups expected on I-75 in East Tennessee this weekend

Major backups expected on I-75 in East Tennessee this weekend

April 5th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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POLL: Are you traveling for Easter?

Travelers are being advised to seek alternate routes through East Tennessee over the holiday weekend as backups are anticipated along Interstate 75 from Kentucky into Tennessee.

The interstate is currently reduced to one lane at Mile Marker 144 at Jellico due to a landslide that occurred last month. The Tennessee Department of Transportation warned that during holiday and peak travel times, major delays and traffic backups in excess of 20 miles are expected along the stretch of the roadway.

Motorists are being encouraged to seek alternative routes, such as following U.S. Highway 25 West to LaFollette. Wide-load vehicles also must exit I-75 at Exit 160.

TDOT crews and contractors will be suspending all interstate construction work in the rest of the state starting Thursday afternoon until Monday morning.