CARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Interstate-75 in Campbell County will be closed for weeks after a rock slide Friday shut down all lanes, according to Mark Nagi, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
It was a bad start to the weekend for many people trying to get home from work.
A rock slide shut down both north bound lanes of I-75 in Campbell County Friday afternoon. By Friday night, the south bound lanes were closed as well.
T-DOT spokesman Mark Nagi said this will be a "long term closure" while crews work to stabilize and clean-up the rock slide, making sure the area is safe.
In an email to Local 8 News on Saturday, Nagi wrote "motorists should be prepared for using the detours and alternate routes for days to come."
Officials diverted north bound traffic off the Interstate at the Caryville exit Friday. They directed people up 25W to Jellico to get back on the Interstate. South bound traffic is routed off the Jellico exit to Rocky Top.
Drivers said north bound traffic backed up around the Rocky Top Friday.
They waited around an hour to get off the Interstate.
Some people stuck in traffic said it put a damper on Friday night plans.
"We've been in traffic 42 minutes and we're not even halfway there. Frustrating, just very frustrating," Corey Taylor said.
"Having to sit still. I can't sit still. It's been a little bit aggravating," Tyler Hassler said.