CAMBELL COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The work's not over, but traffic is moving in both directions on 1-75 in Campbell County better than it has in more than two months.
One driver remembered, "Traffic was bad. It was backed up real [sic] bad."
Bad enough to make Jennifer Broach take the long way south through LaFollette, even though it adds at least a half hour to her trip from Mt. Sterling, KY to Knoxville.
"It's better than being stopped dead. If you're on the interstate, you can't go to the restroom, you can't stop off and get something to drink. If you're on a back road, you can at least pull off and take a breath," Broach told us.
Some business owners are also breathing a sign of relief, now that they're not closed off from the interstate traffic that keeps business going. "These interstate locations cannot survive without interstate business," said 141 Wine & Spirits owner Jeff Hoskins.
For weeks, Hoskins watched as detours took traffic miles out of the way of his liquor store and market, taking 60 percent of his business with it. "When they opened it up it's just immediate," he said, "Like they opened a valve."
Hoskins hopes for a busy summer to make up for a slow spring , but some drivers told us, they still won't risk the interstate backups.
"They need to get it back to at least two lanes on both sides, if not three."
Crews are still working to repair the damage done during the landslide. No word on when traffic patterns will be back to normal.