Drivers on Interstate 65 near Franklin spent a good portion of their day Thursday sitting on the interstate when a pop-up construction project caused traffic to back up for miles.
"We were doing an emergency asphalt repair. The pavement was so bad it was damaging cars, tires and windshields," said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Deanna Lambert.
TDOT crews say it is too cold at night to do the work, so they had to repair it in the middle of the day while it was warmer. And there's another round of work scheduled for Friday.
"Expect some delays at noon. We have blasting at noon. How it will work is we will have roadblocks for five minutes then blow off the debris. It should only take 15 minutes," Lambert said.
Crystal Stalker drives I-65 every day through the construction zone near State Route 840 without any trouble, but not on Thursday.
"It took me two hours to get through," she said. "People were so tired of sitting in traffic, they were trying to get through on the emergency lane and honking their horns."
She said she plans to work from home on Friday to avoid another stressful ride.
"I had a young lady who had to go to the bathroom badly. She kept asking, 'When are we getting out of this? I've got to go, mom!'" Stalker said.
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