WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Traffic came to a standstill again Monday in Gray, Tennessee as crews continue to blast rock along Interstate 26.
We're told traffic was so bad Monday afternoon TDOT has decided to postpone more blasting.
On Monday crews shut down traffic so they could blast around 1:00 that caused traffic backup, but we're told it's nothing new.
The dentist's office of Dr. Alan Stevens is located along Interstate 26 and Suncrest Drive, in the heart of the construction zone. "We have patients calling and saying they are in traffic and they usually get here within 15 to 20 minutes," says Dr. Stevens.
Not only does traffic backup, but the shocks of the blasting can also be felt. "We can feel it the like a shock wave, like a shotgun going off in the parking lot in the back of the building," adds Dr. Stevens.
It's all part of TDOT's plan to widen the bridge on State Route 75 over Interstate 26 from three lanes to six and extending the acceleration lane for the ramp heading toward Johnson City. The project may cause some headaches for drivers and nearby businesses, but Dr. Stevens says it will be worth it. "It'll definitely be worth it. People are getting hurt all the time getting on 26 going to Johnson City," he said.
The project should be finished at the end of August 2015.
A spokesperson for TDOT says they will look at the traffic plans to see if there's a better way to move traffic in and out of the area before blasting resumes.