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TDOT estimates I-75 closure near Kentucky border to last until March 23

JELLICO, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is estimating that the closure of both southbound lanes on Interstate 75 just below the Kentucky state line will last for a couple of weeks.

TDOT closed the lanes Friday after geotechnical engineers determined that an earthen embankment under the highway is sliding near the Stinking Creek exit at mile marker 144.

The closure is forcing thousands of southbound drivers to take a 26-mile detour through LaFollette (luh-FAH'-let) to get around the site.

TDOT says on its website that repairs could be completed at the site by March 23.

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