I-75 Work is causing back-ups on US 25E

The I-75 closure in Tennessee is putting extra traffic and causing back-ups on 25E in Middlesboro.

Construction at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel is also contributing to the traffic back-ups as only one side is open to traffic.

However, crews finished the last concrete repairs Friday morning and officials hope to finish construction this weekend and re-open the other side of the tunnel on Tuesday night.

“Just be patient and we're working as expeditiously as possible. In fact, we're planning on working Saturday and Sunday this weekend to try to ensure the tunnel is re-open by Tuesday evening,” Robert Perkins said.

Officials say with all four lanes of the tunnel open, that should ease traffic back-ups from the interstate detour.

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