MANCHESTER, Ky. — (May 17, 2012) — In order to further alleviate the traffic strain on local communities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to establish revised detour routes for commercial and passenger traffic to bypass the I-75 landslide in Campbell County, Tennessee.
I-75 Southbound is effectively closed from the Kentucky-Tennessee line to Exit 134 (Caryville, Tennessee.) A three mile stretch of I-75 Northbound in Tennessee is down to one lane of traffic, from mile marker 141 to mile marker 144.
U.S. 27 detour route for I-75 Southbound destinations south of Caryville, Tennessee, via Somerset, Kentucky (wide loads allowed throughout): Take Exit 62 (Mt. Vernon) in Kentucky and follow U.S. 25 to State Route 461 to State Route 80 to State Route 914 (Bypass) to U.S. 27 into Tennessee and follow SR 63 back to I-75 at Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville). http://g.co/maps/2nnz4
U.S. 27 detour route for I-75 Southbound destinations south of Caryville, Tennessee, via Williamsburg, Kentucky (NO WIDE LOADS PERMITTED): Take Exit 11 (Williamsburg) in Kentucky and follow State Route 92 to U.S. 27 into Tennessee and follow SR 63 back to I-75 at Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville). http://g.co/maps/8ujnn
U.S. 25E detour route for I-40 destinations east of Dandridge, Tennessee (wide loads allowed throughout): Take Exit 29 at Corbin, Kentucky, follow U.S. 25E to Morristown, Tennessee, take I-81 South to its junction with I-40. http://g.co/maps/egnr2
The following detour from Jellico, Tennessee to Caryville, Tennessee via U.S. 25W remains open for passenger vehicles, but significant delays are likely. Motorists are strongly urged to use U.S. 27 or U.S. 25E as outlined above if possible.
U.S. 25W detour route for I-75 Southbound (NO WIDE LOADS PERMITTED): Take Exit 160 in Jellico, Tennessee, follow U.S. 25W to La Follette and back onto I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville. http://g.co/maps/j4ejz
Motorists should expect long delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will use portable message boards and dynamic overhead signs to advise motorists of possible delays.
Kentucky road condition reports are available by calling 511 or by visiting the 511 travel and traffic information web site at http://511.ky.gov.
Tennessee travel and construction information can be accessed at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway.