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Interstate 240 Widening Project Underway in Shelby County

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 05:08am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Motorists traveling through Shelby County will begin to see construction activity and lane closures on Interstate 240 as a widening project gets underway. The project will widen I-240 from State Route 385 to north of Walnut Grove Road to four lanes in each direction. More than 200,000 vehicles travel this stretch of roadway each day.
 
Beginning Sunday, March 20 through Thursday, March 24 each night from 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m., construction crews will have one eastbound lane on I-240 closed in order to begin installing concrete barrier rail. Future lane closures for this project will also be conducted during the night time hours and weekends.
 
The $41.6 million dollar project was awarded to Dement Construction in January 2011 and is expected to be complete by June 2013. The project also includes the rehabilitation of the bridges on State Route 57 (Poplar Avenue) that cross over I-240.
 
For more information on TDOT construction project activity, 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 Officer
731.935.0318
nichole.lawrence@tn.gov

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