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TDOT: Local drivers could bypass part of I-75 detour

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is working on a plan to allow some drivers to continue past the detour on the closed portion of I- 75 North in Campbell County starting Wednesday night.

A rock slide last week has closed a large portion of the interstate as crews work to stabilize and repair the road.

TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi tweeted Wednesday morning that local traffic would be allowed to continue to exit 141, the Oneida/Huntsville exit. Nagi said the detour would remain the same for all other drivers at exit 134.

The rock slide is actually north of exit 141, but TDOT closed the interstate to northbound traffic at exit 134. Many Scott County residents complained because they were forced to use a dangerous, narrow road, old Highway 63, to get home. A number of tractor-trailers also used that route, despite signs warning them not to, and have caused several accidents and further delays.

TDOT awarded an emergency contract Monday to clear the area on Interstate 75 that is covered by a rock slide in Campbell County.

The slope slide happened Friday afternoon on the northbound side, but some of the falling rocks made it all the way to the median forcing officials to close both sides of the interstate. 

TDOT has awarded a contract for $2.9 million to Charles Blalock and Sons Inc. The contract includes the removal of the debris, stabilization of the existing slope and repairing the interstate.

The contract stipulates the southbound lanes must reopen within 14 days and the northbound lanes within 21 days.

Northbound auto traffic is being rerouted at the 134 mile marker Caryville exit.

Southbound auto traffic is being closed at the 160 mile marker --- the Jellico exit, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

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