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I-81 repairs take longer than expected - cause long delays

The Interstate 81 repairs and temporary closure at Exit 23 in Eastern Tennessee took about two and a half hours longer than expected today. The delay caused lengthy backups on northbound I-81 from about 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The construction project is located along the route of a recommended detour for Interstate 40, which is closed indefinitely due to a recent rock slide. I-81 will be closed in the same spot next weekend from 10 pm Saturday to 10 am Sunday, but this time the closure will be on the southbound lanes.

Story: Knoxville News Sentinel

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