I-75 Bridge Repairs in Anderson County Starting Soon

Bridge repairs on I-75 in Anderson County will affect traffic flow.

Motorists planning to travel on Interstate 75 (I-75) in Anderson County should prepare for upcoming bridge repair work that will significantly affect the normal flow of traffic. The repair activities are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, and will involve lane closures on both northbound and southbound directions of I-75 at Mile Marker 126, which spans the bridges over the Clinch River. This section lies between Exit 122 (Norris) and Exit 128 (Rocky Top).

To manage the expected heavy traffic and minimize congestion, a traffic management strategy known as the “zipper merge” or “late merge” will be implemented. This technique encourages drivers to use both lanes of traffic up to the point of the merge and then alternate entry into the single open lane in a zipper-like fashion. More information about this merging technique can be found at https://youtu.be/X8FCOIaVtI4.

In addition, leading up to the main bridge repair work, there will be intermittent lane closures starting from Sunday, May 5, as road crews carry out paving operations necessary for the planned lane shifts. The entirety of this work schedule is dependent on favorable weather conditions, and as such, could be subject to change.

Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution when traveling through the work zone, and to be mindful of the presence of construction workers. Travelers are also reminded to utilize motorist information tools to check travel conditions before departing and to refrain from using mobile phones for texting, tweeting, or talking while driving.

This bridge repair initiative is part of ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the infrastructure of I-75, ensuring safer travel for all motorists.

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