JACKSBORO, Tn. (WTVQ) – Interstate 75 remains closed in both directions just across the Kentucky border in northern Tennessee due to a rock slide. Drivers going south should take Exit 160 in Jellico, Tennessee, follow US 25W to state route 63 South and then re-enter I-75.
Drivers going north should take Exit 134, follow US 25W to Lafollette and Jellico, and re-enter I-75 at Exit 160.
The slide happened February 26, blocking lanes in both directions at mile marker 142. Some of the rocks were the size of cars.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation awarded a $2.9 million emergency contract to Charles Blalock and Sons Inc., to remove the slide debris, stabilize the existing slope and repair the interstate.
The contract specifies the southbound lanes must be open within 14-days and one northbound lane within 21-days. The entire project is set to be complete on or before April 15, according to a report by WATE-TV in Knoxville.
(Note: The photo that accompanies this story is courtesy of WATE-TV in Knoxville.)