TDOT announces major I-40 bridge project - WSMV News 4

TDOT announces major I-40 bridge project

Posted: Updated: Apr 28, 2015 01:28 PM
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced plans to replace eight bridges along Interstate 40 in Nashville.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, TDOT said the "Fast Fix 8" project will use accelerated construction to replace the bridges located on the west side of the south loop of I-40.

TDOT officials said the eastbound and westbound bridges over Herman Street, Clinton Street, Jo Johnston Avenue and Charlotte Avenue show advanced signs of deterioration and require almost constant maintenance.

"These bridges are prime examples of aging infrastructure and they are long overdue for major work," TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a new release. "By using accelerated construction methods, we will greatly reduce the time a project like this would normally take and will ensure these bridges can continue safely carrying the some 140,000 vehicles that use this stretch of I-40 each day."

While TDOT officials said this is a much-needed change, it could cause traffic issues for drivers for the next year.

The project will require 13 weekend closures of the stretch of I-40 between the I-65 split on the west side of downtown and the I-65 split on the south side of downtown. Those closures will occur between June 2015 and June 2016.

During the closures, all traffic will be detoured to the north and east of downtown. I-40 West traffic will only be able to exit at Demonbreun Street.

TDOT said it will provide as much advance notice as possible before every closure. Much of the work is weather dependent and final decisions will be made two to three days before a weekend closure.

The project is expected to be completed by April 2016.

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