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Bridge Demolition Scheduled for I-65 in Williamson County

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 08:28am

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close I-65 in Franklin this weekend to demolish a bridge at State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass). The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, September 22 at 5:00 a.m.

During the closure, all traffic will be detoured while the bridge is imploded and debris is removed. This operation will likely create lengthy delays for traffic on I-65. Interstate ramps at SR 248 will be accessible; however, motorists are advised to plan ahead and utilize alternate routes if possible.

During the implosion, all traffic will be stopped at a safe distance from the blast for a period of approximately 30 minutes. The implosion is scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, September 20 at 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.

Message boards are already in place to alert motorists to the road closure. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT HELP trucks will also be on-site to assist with traffic.

Demolition of the bridge was deemed necessary following a tanker truck fire last month. The incident also destroyed an adjacent older bridge, which was taken down immediately. Both bridges will be replaced as part of the ongoing $46 million project to widen I-65 between SR 840 and SR 248, and to modify the interchange and widen the roadway on SR 248 in Williamson County.

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 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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