Alternate Routes to the Smoky Mountains
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. March 23, 2016: The Tennessee Department of Transportation will reopen one lane of travel on Interstate 75 North in Campbell County on Thursday, March 24, by 11 a.m. All northbound lanes have been closed since last month due to a rockslide that occurred at mile marker 142. One lane will remain closed on I-75 North as work continues to remove slide debris, stabilize the existing slope, and repair the interstate. All southbound lanes were reopened March 10. The entire repair project is scheduled to be completed on or before April 15. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and reduce speed in the work zone, especially while workers are present. – See more at: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/one-lane-to-re-open-thursday-on-i-75-north-in-campbell-county.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. March 10, 2016: – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has re-opened I-75 South in Campbell County. Both directions of I-75 have been closed since February 26 due to a rockslide at Mile Marker 142.
I-75 North remains closed for the removal of the slide debris, stabilization of the existing slope, and repairs to the interstate. One lane is scheduled to open on I-75 North on or before March 24, 2016. The entire repair project is scheduled to be complete on or before April 15, 2016.
– See more at: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/38148
When incidents such as the rock slide at I-75 mile marker 142 in Campbell County take place, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is quick to map detours and post on highway message boards.
Currently, when traveling south to the Smokies, here are 2 detour options:
- Take Exit 160 (Jellico). Follow US 25W / SR 297 West to SR 63 South, and then re-enter I-75 South.
- Take Exit 29 in Corbin, KY and follow US 25E to Tennessee, and enter I-81 at Exit 8 Morristown/White Pine. Travel to I-40. Travelers can then choose to go I-40 W to Exit 407 or I-40 E to Exit 440/Foothills Parkway into Cosby, TN. Travel Hwy 321 into Gatlinburg.
The TDOT is estimating that the closure will remain through March 21, with all repairs being completed by mid-April.
For every visit to Carr’s Northside Cottages & Motel you plan, check current Tennessee road conditions on the TN SmartWay ap. For up-to-the-minute road closures and detours, construction, and live stream traffic cams, visit TN SmartWay to download.
Another travel resource that you’ll want to bookmark is the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures information provided by the National Park Service. This is a great go-to guide for those hoping to make the most of their Smoky Mountains National Park visit.