One of your New Year's resolutions might be to not stress over traffic, because otherwise you could be in for a long year on some area roads.
A batch of road construction projects are about to tie-up various streets around Middle Tennessee.
In 2012, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro Public Works are spending tens of millions of dollars just to keep up with demand.
"It's important not only to keep it maintained, but to also respond to the economic growth we're fortunate enough to have here in Nashville," said Gwen Glascock, with Metro Public Works.
For the next 11 months, 8th Avenue at Lafayette Street will go down to one lane as crews work on the Gateway/Korean Veterans Boulevard roundabout and roadway extension.
On the other side of town, in Madison, TDOT crews will soon begin bridge repair on Gallatin Road.
The bridges cross over the CSX railroad near Anderson Lane. That project is estimated for completion in July 2013.
And at White's Creek Pike, starting north of Old Hickory Boulevard to Knight Drive, lanes will be closed through Wednesday as crews install a new water main.
Outside of Davidson County, several other projects may slow down motorists.
Interstate 24 will be reduced to one lane in Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson counties through Wednesday as crews patch up several potholes.
And in Dickson County, crews will be doing the same work on Interstate 40.
Crews in Williamson County will be blasting along Mack Hatcher this week. Lanes will be closed as contractors try to complete their work by Wednesday.
Glascock says Public Works officials recognize that these projects add up to a pain for drivers.
"New roadwork means new progress, and you know, it's all good, but people just need to be patient. Be aware of it, and maybe plan a little extra time," she said.
Looking for alternate routes to avoid potential traffic trouble? See a list of road closures on the Public Works website at: http://www.nashville.gov/pw/transportation/road_closures.asp
And view real-time traffic conditions and live cameras on the Channel 4 Traffic page: http://www.wsmv.com/category/216464/nashville-area-traffic
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