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Smith County Welcome Center Closing for Repairs

Monday, April 02, 2012 | 10:16am
Smith County Welcome Center Closing for Repairs
Project will begin after Easter weekend
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will close the Smith County Welcome Center located just off Interstate 40 at mile marker 267 for repairs to its waste water treatment facility. The entire center, including restrooms and vending machines on both the east and west sides of I-40 will be closed to visitors beginning Tuesday, April 10th at 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, April 17th at 8:00 a.m. 
 
During this closure, workers will be replacing the wastewater treatment facility. The current system was installed more than twelve years ago and needs to be replaced to function more efficiently. Smith County has one of the busiest welcome centers in the state averaging almost two million visitors each year.
 
The Smith County Welcome Center is expected to reopen by Tuesday, April 17th at 8:00 a.m.
 
For motorists looking for an alternate location to stop, there are options. Drivers heading east on I-40 can stop at the Cumberland County Rest Area at mile marker 324. Motorists driving west on I-40 can stop at the Dickson County Rest Area at mile marker 170.
  
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. 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:
 
Deanna Lambert
TDOT Region 3 Community Relations Officer
615-350-4302 office

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