Upcoming Roadwork Affects Traffic in East Tennessee

Road construction projects throughout East Tennessee may cause delays May 9-15, 2024.

East Tennessee is set to experience several road construction projects from May 9 to May 15, 2024, which could potentially cause traffic delays for motorists. Here are the details of the construction activities planned across various counties:

In Anderson County, I-75 North and South will see a lane reduction near Mile Marker 126 for bridge repairs starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, and continuing around the clock until May 24. A “Late Merge” or “Zipper Merge” strategy will be implemented to manage traffic during heavy flow, and motorists should be prepared for potential delays, especially during peak travel times. For more details on the Zipper Merge, visit [here](https://youtu.be/X8FCOIaVtI4?si=-_Iv2Pc1BZ6oX7B2).

Blount County will have lane closures on US 129/SR 115 for resurfacing and bridge repairs on SR 334 over the CSX Railroad, affecting traffic flow. Campbell County’s I-75 between Mile Markers 148 and 161 will also undergo nightly lane closures for construction work, and SR 9 Bridge over Cove Lake will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting May 11 through July 31.

In Carter County, SR 67 will see temporary lane closures for a signal upgrade project and construction work between Log Miles 5.9 and 6.4. Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, Knox, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Union, and Washington counties will all experience various construction activities ranging from bridge repairs, resurfacing projects, signal upgrades, to roadway maintenance, which could lead to lane closures and traffic delays.

Motorists are advised to be alert for workers present, slow or stopped traffic, and to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones. For information on statewide construction and traffic updates, the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at [https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic](https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic) provides real-time information. Additionally, TDOT updates can be followed on Twitter for Knoxville and the Tri-Cities at [www.twitter.com/knoxville511](http://www.twitter.com/knoxville511) and for statewide travel information at [www.twitter.com/TN511](http://www.twitter.com/TN511).

Motorists are encouraged to plan their routes in advance and allow extra time for travel during the construction period to avoid potential delays.

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