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Major construction project planned for I-440

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TDOT is completing pothole repairs prior to a three-year construction project. (WSMV) TDOT is completing pothole repairs prior to a three-year construction project. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

You’ve probably noticed a smoother commute on one of Nashville’s most notorious interstates lately.

The pothole patching is almost complete on I-440, but what’s happening now is just a quick fix.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin a major reconstruction project later this year.

It will cost more than any other construction project in Middle Tennessee with a price tag of $130 million.

Drivers will have to deal with construction for about three years before it’s finally complete.

Potholes have been plaguing I-440 for years now, chunks of concrete knocking into your tires, cars taking a beating.

It’s a project that has to be done.

“It connects 24, 65 and 40. A lot of people who live there just use it to get around town, to get to Vandy, to get to the mall,” said TDOT spokesman Kathryn Schulte. “It’s really a huge asset to Nashville.”

Later this year crews will start nightly lane-by-lane repairs on the interstate to affect the least amount of traffic as possible.

The construction will continue into 2020 and it will cost almost double the price of any other construction project in Middle Tennessee.

Millions of dollars and three years later, what are we getting on I-440?

The most noticeable change will be more lanes for drivers on the interstate as well as the bridge junctions to help with traffic.

To add more lanes, the median has to go, mainly for safety reasons.

There will also be new noise walls in place for residents and new landscaping around the interstate.

However, one thing that won’t be making a comeback.

“No more grooves. No more grooves,” said Schulte.

TDOT will request bids for the project this summer and will award the project to the company that comes in with the lowest big with the shortest amount of work time.

Once the bid is awarded, a date will be set for this fall for the start of construction.

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