A one-mile section of eastbound Interstate 440 between I-65 and I-24 in Nashville will be closed for 10 weekends starting June 28 for major concrete repairs.
The repairs are part of a $9.7 million project to widen the stretch of I-440 eastbound, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, but some business owners are worried about how their customers will get to them on their busiest days of the week.
"That's the only source here to Nolensville from the other side of town, and it's really going to hurt our business majorly," said Mike Alshaiman, with Auto Electronic Specialists.
During the weekend closures, crews will jackhammer and remove large sections of deteriorating concrete as much as a foot deep.
Once the new concrete is poured, it will have to harden for several hours. The travel lanes will then be re-striped before reopening to traffic.
The weekend closures will allow the concrete work to be completed on an accelerated schedule. Otherwise, repairs would require lane closures for a period of several months, said TDOT.
Customers who typically travel along I-440 will still be able to reach the businesses, but they would have to take neighborhood roads.
"Probably just another 20 minutes out of the way just to get to the same place," said Donnie Potter, with Auto Electronic Specialists.
Many of the businesses off I-440 are individually owned, so they depend on all of the busy traffic. They typically don't have corporate dollars to turn to, so they say that struggle is going to be even harder to stay open through the fall.
But TDOT says more than 100,000 people travel the road each day, and it needs the work desperately.
"Those of you that drive 440 understand that the surface is a little bumpy, a little rough, so this is a project that is really going to help take out some of that deteriorating concrete," said TDOT spokeswoman Deanna Lambert.
The first closure of I-440 east from I-65 to I-24 was scheduled to take place from June 28 at 8 p.m. through July 1 at 5 a.m., however Lambert said the work was completed early and the section reopened Sunday morning.
The next nine interstate closures are tentatively planned for the following weekends:
July 12 – July 15
July 19 – July 22
July 26 – July 29
Aug. 2 – Aug. 5
Aug. 9 – Aug. 12
Aug. 16 – Aug. 19
Sept 6 – Sept. 9
Sept. 13 – Sept. 16
Oct. 11 – Oct. 13
There will be no construction or lane closures during the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends or during the weekend of the Titans' first preseason game on Aug. 24 and regular season games during September. The project is scheduled to be finished by November.
Detours are as follows:
From the north, take I-65 south to the I-65/I-40 split over to I-24
From the south, take I-65 north to go to I-24/I-40 or take the Harding Place exit over to I-24
From the west, stay on I-40 east to the I-65/I-40 split over to I-24
If you are driving on I-440 eastbound, drivers will be advised to take I-65 north over to I-24 or I-40.
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