KPD e-News Release: I-26 Road Construction Traffic Safety Alert

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: I-26 Road Construction Traffic Safety Alert
DATE: September 17, 2018
All area motorists are encouraged to be aware of an ongoing road construction project affecting traffic on Interstate 26 in Kingsport. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is conducting bridge repair on the I-26 bridge over Rock Springs Road/State Route 347 (Exit 6).

This project is slated for approximately 3-6 weeks, so it could last until the end of October. Work is being conducted around the clock, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. I-26 traffic has been reduced to one lane in both directions. As such, interstate traffic will be backing up and slowed or completely stopped at times. Just this morning alone, several crashes have already been reported at this location.

Motorists should plan ahead during this project and seek an alternate route whenever possible so as to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion and delays. Motorists needing to drive through this particular area should slow down way ahead of time, pay attention, exercise caution, patience, and courtesy, avoid distractions, and obey all traffic instructions.

Again, this road construction project is being overseen by TDOT. For more information, please contact Mark Nagi with TDOT at Mark.Nagi.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


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