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Bridge Repairs Require Lane Closures on I-40 in Shelby County

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 04:03am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 40 East and Sam Cooper Boulevard in Shelby County this weekend in order to continue repairs to the bridge on Interstate 40 over Sam Cooper.  Beginning Friday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, I-40 East will have two lanes closed and two lanes open. Sam Cooper will have one lane closed and one lane open. This weekend’s lane reduction is necessary for crew’s to safely remove and repair the bridge deck above and below the Interstate. The work will continue for several more weekends.
 
All work is weather dependent.
 
Previous closures for this project have resulted in lengthy back-ups on Interstate 40. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and expect delays. 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 travel conditions across Tennessee visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or dial 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone. Travelers can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Memphis511 for traffic information in the Memphis area. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.
 
 
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For More Information Contact:
Nichole Lawrence
Region 4 Community Relations
731.935.0318
nichole.lawrence@tn.gov

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