TOP PHOTO: As soon as traffic was funneled down to one lane on Monday morning, traffic began backing up on I-75 just south of Caryville. This photo was snapped on Monday at 6:30pm.

The bulk of the construction is taking place near the train trestle at Vasper.
Beginning Monday at 9am, around the clock construction began just south of Caryville Exit 134. Travelers will need to be in the right lane and be prepared for long delays. Highway 116 from Caryville to Rocky Top is an alternative route, and it also is having its share of heavy traffic.

KNOXVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Motorists traveling on I-75 South in Campbell County should be aware of road construction activities that are having a dramatic effect on traffic.

I-75 South is reduced to one lane at Mile Marker 131.5, approximately two miles past the Caryville exit 134. TDOT crews are installing a trench drain and adding a catch basin in this area which is near the Vasper train trestle.

These lane closures are in place 24/7. All work is expected to be completed on Friday, April 8.

This schedule is contingent on favorable weather conditions. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area as workers will be present.

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. We don’t want to lose another member of our TDOT family. We’re asking you to WORK WITH US.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/03/2022-9AM-UPDATED – 04/05/2022-6AM)