KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Spring break not the best time to have all southbound lanes of I-75 through East Tennessee closed to traffic.

A landslide last Friday near mile marker 144 closed the interstate’s southbound lanes.  Motorists are currently being forced to use a 26 mile long detour around the closure.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagy says the state hopes to temporarily eliminate the detour by building cross over lanes between mile markers 141 and 144.