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May 8, 2012

Southbound I-75 in Tennessee closed until at least Thursday

Northbound I-75 will still be reduced to one lane

CORBIN — Special to the

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Southbound Interstate 75 will remain closed south of Jellico, Tenn., until at least Thursday while crews work to stabilize a section of rock slope near mile marker 143. A section of embankment collapsed in that area on March 8.

Earlier today (Tuesday), the Kentucky Department of Transportation reported that significant traffic backups were observed extending two miles north of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Northbound I-75 will be reduced to one lane of traffic for about three miles in the area near the collapse, from mile marker 141 to mile marker 144.

Motorists should expect potential long delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.

*Detour Route for I-75 South: Take Exit 160 in Jellico, follow US 25W to LaFollette and back onto I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville.

*Wide Load Detour Route for I-75 South: Take Exit 160 in Jellico, turn right and follow SR 297 West to SR 63 and back onto I-75 South at Exit 141.

*Detour route for I-40 destinations east of Dandridge, Tennessee: Take Exit 29 at Corbin, Kentucky, follow U.S. 25E to Morristown, Tennessee, take I-81 South to its junction with I-40.

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