Hey guys. After reading a couple of reports of TPRers getting trapped in traffic on I-75 while heading to Dollywood this weekend, I figured I would start this thread so more of you are aware of what's going on.
Currently, I-75 Southbound is down to one lane between M.M. 141 and M.M. 144 (Tennessee) due to a landslide that has caused part of the shoulder of the southbound lanes to completely collapse. The location of this is just a few miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border and about an hour north of Knoxville, Tennessee. So, obviously this will affect any of you guys who use I-75 to get down to Dollywood, SFOG, Orlando parks, etc from the north. The back-ups have been pretty significant (over 10 miles north of the landslide) especially on the weekends.
It so happens, working for the Tenn. Dept of Transportation, that the slide repair is my project. With that said, don't expect southbound lanes to reopen until after this summer! We are currently looking for a way to either add a second lane for southbound traffic, or to find another useful detour around this mess. But at least for the next few weeks, expect significant delays if you are using I-75 through the north part of Tennessee.
The best way around this right now would be to take Exit 160 in Jellico and merge on to S.R. 297 South. This will eventually merge with S.R. 63 and bring you back to the interstate at Exit 141. (Feel free to post here if you want more detailed directions) Be warned though, this is a very, windy mountainous road but it beats being delayed in traffic for three hours! You can also take Exit 160 to US-25W back to I-75 at Exit 134. This is a longer route (length-wise) but is a major highway compared to S.R. 297.
I apologize for not posting about this sooner, as it completely escaped me that this would of been useful information for those traveling this weekend. I will keep this thread updated as things progress.
Last edited by ernierocker
on Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:12 pm.