Third Closure Confirmed for I-40 Fast Fix 8 Project in Downtown Nashville

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 | 3:12pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close a two-mile stretch of I-40 on the west side of downtown Nashville for bridge construction. The closure is scheduled as follows.

Friday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, September 14 at 6:00 a.m.

I-40 will be closed from the I-40/I-65 split west of downtown to the I-40/I-65 split south of downtown.

Herman Street will be closed from 10th Avenue to 16th Avenue.

During the closure, all traffic will be detoured to allow crews to remove and replace the I-40 eastbound bridge over Herman Street.

The twin bridges over Herman Street are expected to be the most challenging of the Fast Fix 8 project. At nearly 400 feet each, the Herman Street bridges are four times the size of the other six bridges to be rehabilitated. The spans that have been constructed in the median of I-40 will be moved from the south yard (I-40/I-65 split) to the bridge location. Setting the new panels will take at least 24 hours, leaving only 34 hours to complete all other items of work necessary to reopen the interstate to traffic by Monday morning rush hour.

What Drivers Need to Know

Plan Ahead – Know your alternate route before you leave for your destination.

Allow Extra Travel Time – Expect congestion in the downtown area, including interstates and local roads.

Avoid the Area – Seek a route away from downtown if your destination is not in the downtown area.

Downtown Access:

No on- or off-ramp access at Demonbreun Street, Broadway, Church Street, or Charlotte Avenue.

Ramp to I-40 West from 2nd and 4th Avenue will be closed.

Message boards will alert motorists to the closures and alternate routes. Detours are also available online.

To view closure details on video, visit  

To read more about the project, including detour information, visit  

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As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.