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Traffic Shift Planned on I-65 South at I-24 East Merge in Davidson County

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 06:07am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic on I-65 southbound near the I-24 east merge in Nashville.   Between mile markers 86 and 88, lanes of travel will be reduced from four to three lanes to allow for the continued widening of this stretch of I-65.

Weather permitting; crews have tentatively scheduled to start implementing the lane reduction on Wednesday, April 30.

Once the new traffic pattern is in place, there will be three travel lanes from the I-65 S / I-24 E merge to just south of Trinity Lane. The new traffic pattern will be in place for the next several months, when traffic will be shifted again to complete the remaining new lanes in late fall. Northbound lanes on I-65 have been reduced to three lanes in this same area since the project began.

The traffic shift is a critical part of the final stages of the widening project that will expand I-65 from six to ten lanes, adding much needed capacity for the more than 142,000 vehicles that travel this section every day. The $50 million project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.   

To learn more about the project, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I65TrinityDickerson/.

TDOT 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. 

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.

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