Southbound lanes on Interstate 75 will reopen within two weeks at the site of a rock slide near the 142 mile marker about 30 miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
The rock slide Friday shut down traffic in both southbound and northbound directions.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced late Monday it had awarded a $2.9 million emergency contract to a company for removal of the rock slide debris, stabilization of the slope from which the rock slide broke away and repairs to the highway.
In addition to reopening the southbound lanes within two weeks, the contract also calls for one northbound lane to reopen within 21 days, a TDOT news release said. All work is scheduled to be completed by April 15.
The interstate remains closed in both directions as of Tuesday.
For the latest reports on the Interstate 75 closure in Tennessee, go to the Tennessee Department of Transportation website at tn.gov/TDOT or follow Region 1 community relations officer Mark Nagi on Twitter at @marknagitdot or twitter.com/marknagitdot.