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Section of I-24 Closed in Downtown Nashville This Weekend

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 09:52am
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close a three mile section of I-24 near downtown Nashville this weekend for a major bridge rehabilitation project over Main and Woodland Streets.  
 
I-24 eastbound and westbound will be closed from the I-24/I-65 split north of downtown to the I-24/I-40 split east of downtown beginning Friday May 18th, at 9:00 p.m. The interstate will open no later than Monday May 21st, at 5:00 a.m. 
 
In addition, Monday May 21st through Wednesday May 23rd, there will be temporary lane closures on Main Street and Woodland Street, from South 5th Street to Interstate Drive, to perform bridge repairs. One lane will remain open in each direction.
 
*All work is weather dependent.
 
This is the project’s fourth closure and workers will be removing deteriorated concrete from the bridge decks and setting pre-fabricated deck panels in place. Despite last weekend’s heavy rain, crews were still able to meet their goals and to date have installed 49 of the 277 bridge deck panels. The repairs are part of an $8.7 million project to rehabilitate bridges built in 1961. The project will require the total closure of a section of I-24 for 13 weekends this spring and summer.  
 
This weekend the Goodguys Nashville Nationals car show will attract thousands to LP Field during the three-day event. Motorists trying to access the show car entrance from I-65, I-24 or I-40 should take the Demonbreun Street Exit, then 2nd Ave, across the Korean Veterans Blvd. Bridge/Shelby Street, to S. Second Street over to LP Field.   Anyone trying to access the Swap Meet or Car Corral entrance should exit on Broadway, turn on 4th Ave., then Union Street/Woodland Street and right onto S. 1st Street. For a map of these detours, click here. http://www.good-guys.com/pdf/misc/nashville_closure.pdf
 
Interstate drivers passing through downtown Nashville will follow detour signs instructing them to take the west loop around downtown. Project closures and detour maps are available at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/i24bridges/maps.shtml. An East Nashville specific map, along with other maps to access downtown have recently been added.
 
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. 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.  
 
 
For More Information Contact:
Deanna Lambert, TDOT Region 3 Community Relations Officer
(615) 854-5650 cell
 
 
 
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