Section Of I-440 to Close For 10 Weekends For Concrete Repairs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will completely close a one mile section of I-440 Eastbound between I-65 and I-24 in Nashville for ten weekends starting later this month for major concrete repairs.

The repairs are part of a $9.7 million project to widen this stretch of I-440 Eastbound. The weekend closures will allow the concrete work to be completed on an accelerated schedule. Otherwise, repairs would require lane closures over a period of several months. 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 first closure of I-440 East from I-65 to I-24 is scheduled to take place Friday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. through Monday, July 1, at 5 a.m. 

The next nine interstate closures are tentatively planned for the following weekends:

July 12th – July 15th

July 19th – July 22nd

July 26th – July 29th

August 2nd – August 5th

August 9th – August 12th

August 16th – August 19th

September 6th – September 9th

September 13th – September 16th

October 11th – October 13th

*All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled in the event of rain or severe weather.

** There will be no construction or lane closures during the July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends and during the weekend of the Titans’ first pre-season game on Aug. 24, and regular season games during September.

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. 

More than 106,000 vehicles travel the 7.66 mile I-440 corridor each day. The interstate connector was completed in 1987. The current improvement project is tentatively scheduled to be complete in November 2013.

TDOT will use its overhead Dynamic Message Signs to direct motorists around the closure. Drivers are advised to be alert and follow the posted directions. Law enforcement officers will be on-site in the work zone to provide traffic control as the work is being completed. TDOT also asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.

For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.


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