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Section of I-40 West in Nashville Closed This Weekend for Bridge Repairs

Monday, October 28, 2013 | 05:31am

Section of I-40 West in Nashville Closed This Weekend for Bridge Repairs

I-40 West and Charlotte Avenue Closed Downtown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close all lanes on Interstate 40 West and Charlotte Avenue in downtown Nashville this weekend in order to perform repairs to the I-40 bridge crossing over Charlotte Avenue at mile marker 209, which is located between the Church Street and Jefferson Street exits.  I-40 West at mile marker 209 will be completely closed from Friday, November 1st at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, November 4th at 5:00 a.m.  In addition, both directions of Charlotte Avenue under I-40 will be closed.  The entrance ramps to I-40 westbound will also be closed at Broadway Avenue and Church Street.  Drivers will be able to enter I-40 westbound at Charlotte Avenue.

This $399,060 repair project will replace a 200 foot long section of the concrete bridge deck.  A total weekend closure is required to remove and replace the old concrete.  Contract crews with Jamison Construction, LLC will first mill the roadway, then jackhammer and remove the old concrete.   Crews will then install metal decking, pour concrete and stripe the roadway before reopening it to traffic.  An estimated $40 million project to completely rehabilitate the I-40/Charlotte Avenue Bridge and three others is tentatively planned for 2015.

The following detours will be in place: 

**Detour maps are attached and can be downloaded here: Ave Detours_I-40 Bridge Repair_0.pdf


Charlotte Ave. Detours:

  • From Charlotte Ave Eastbound:

             Turn right onto 14th Ave.

             Take 14th Ave. to Church St.

             Turn left onto Church St.

             Take Church St. to George L Davis Blvd.

             Turn left onto George L Davis Blvd.

             Take George L Davis Blvd. and turn right onto Charlotte Ave.


  • From Charlotte Ave. Westbound:

            Turn right onto George L Davis Blvd.

            Take George L Davis Blvd. to Jo Johnston Ave.

            Turn left onto Jo Johnston Ave.

            Take Jo Johnston Ave. to 12th Ave. N (Frontage Road)

            Turn left onto 12th Ave. N (Frontage Road)

            Take 12th Ave. N (Frontage Road) and turn right onto Charlotte Ave.


I-40 Detours:

  • I-40 Eastbound lanes will be open
  • I-40 W to I-65 S lanes will be open (if high traffic volume, drivers might want to take I-440 W to I-65 S)

I-40 Westbound Detours:

  • Going I-40 W from the Mt. Juliet area toward West Nashville

                        Take I-40 W to I-440 W

                        On I-440 W continue west until you see the ramp to I-40 W

                        Take exit ramp to I-40 W

  • Going from I-40 W from the Mt. Juliet area to I-65 N (Madison area)

                        Take I-40 W to I-24 W

                        Exit onto I-24 W

           Take I-24 W to I-65 N

I-65 Detours

  • I-65  S lanes will be open  (Traveling from Madison toward Franklin)
  • I-65 N (Franklin area ) to I-40 E ( Mt Juliet area ) lanes open (if high to traffic volume, drivers may want to take I-440 E to I-40 E)
  • Going I-65 N  (from Franklin toward Madison )

                        Take I-65 N to I-40 E

                        Exit onto I-40 E

                        Take I-40 E to I-24 W

                        Exit onto I-24 W

                        Take I-24 W to I-65 N

  • Going I-65 N  to I-40 W  (Franklin area toward West Nashville area )

                        Take I-65 N to I-440 W

           Exit onto I-440 W

                        Take I-440 W to I-40 W

            Exit onto I-40 W


I-24 Detours

  • I-24 E and I-24 W will be open
  • Going I-24 W to I-40 W   (Murfreesboro area toward West Nashville area )

                        Take I-24 W to I-440 W

                        Exit onto I-440 W

                        Take I-440 W to I-40 W

                        Exit onto I-40 W


  • Going I-24 W to I-65 N (Murfreesboro area toward Madison area )

                        Take I-24 W to I-24 / I-40

                        Take on I-24 / I-40

                        Exit on to I-24 W

                        Take I-24 W to I-65 N


Detour routes will be posted and 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  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information or 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.


For More Information Contact:

Deanna Lambert, TDOT Community Relations Officer

615-854-5650 cell


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