Heavier traffic volume and construction at the 143-mile marker are expected to cause significant backups on Interstate 75 this summer.
This weekend, I-75 experienced congestion around the crossover lane between mile markers 144 and 141, where contractors are building a wall to repair damage from a landslide. The southbound traffic is funneled into one lane for this portion of I-75.
“We expect similar situations to last throughout the summer,” said Mark Nagi, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. “If people are going to stay on (I-75 in that area) be prepared for significant backups.”
The busy times are rush hour during the weekday, and during the weekends, beginning in the late morning on Fridays, Nagi said.
TDOT is working with partners in Kentucky to detour traffic away from the construction site, Nagi said.
“Some people still decide they want to stay on I-75,” Nagi said. “Others use their own detours.”
People can stay up to date with the progress on the construction on I-75 at TDOTs website, http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/, Nagi said.