What TDOT has called a “significant rockslide” has all lanes of I-75 in Campbell County shut down, likely for a few weeks.
Rocks began sliding into the northbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 142 Friday afternoon around 3 pm and continued sliding, with some rocks reaching the southbound lanes, throughout the weekend. No injuries were reported as a result of the falling rocks but TDOT estimates that it will take weeks to remove the rocks, repair the damage to the roadway and stabilize the slope.
The falling rocks have hampered cleanup efforts thus far and TDOT hopes to issue a request for proposals for an emergency cleanup contract sometime today.
During the closure, northbound traffic is being shunted off the interstate at exit 134, taken along Highway 25W through Lafollette and into Jellico, where they will be able to rejoin I-75 at exit 160.
Southbound traffic will be detoured into Jellico at exit 160, where drivers will follow State Highway 297 to State Highway 63 and back onto the interstate at exit 141.