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I-75 south at Kentucky-Tennessee border closed until Friday

Kentucky Office of Public Affairs Press Release

FRANKFORT The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 between the Kentucky-Tennessee border at Jellico and Lafollette Tennessee will now remain CLOSED TO TRAFFIC until late Friday, March 11, 2005.  The closure is between Exit 160 and Exit 134. 

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Operations Center, the rain and snow that hit the Jellico Mountain area last night and today have delayed efforts by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to construct crossover lanes to Interstate 75 northbound while crews work to repair a slope slide near mile marker 141.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has the following detour in place while I-75 southbound is closed:

* Exit 160 (Jellico, TN) to US 25W south to Exit 134 (Lafollette).

Because of reported traffic congestion on US 25W between Jellico and Lafollette, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists driving southbound from Cincinnati and Lexington on Interstate 75 to use the following alternate routes:

* Exit 29 (Corbin) to US 25 E south to TN 63 (Harrogate) south to Exit 134 (Lafollette).

* Exit 29 (Corbin) to US 25 E south to TN 33 (Tazewell) to I-640 (Knoxville) west to I-75.

* Exit 11 (Williamsburg) to US 25 W south to Exit 134 (Lafollette).

Commercial truck traffic with wide loads over 12 feet will be required to travel the following detour until ALL repair work is completed on southbound Interstate 75:

* Exit 160 (Jellico, TN) to TN 9 west to TN 297 south to TN 63 south to I-75 south

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has placed portable message signs up at Exits 11 (Williamsburg) and 29 (Corbin) and also in Scott County to advise motorists of the closure and recommended alternative routes. Drivers are urged to watch for stopped or slow moving traffic from London south on Interstate 75.  According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, repair work on southbound I-75 is not expected to be complete until the end of April. 

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