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Emergency Repairs Confirmed for I-24 in Clarksville this Weekend

Plan ahead, expect delays
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 09:53am

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will perform emergency repairs on a short section of Interstate 24 eastbound in Montgomery County to address a sinkhole in the area. Lane closure information is as follows.

  • Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. through Monday, September 17 at 5 a.m. – I-24 eastbound at mile marker 9.4 will be reduced to one travel lane.

Drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

This work was originally scheduled for September 7-10, but operations had to be postponed due to weather concerns.

On the evening of Friday, September 14, TDOT will divert traffic on I-24 eastbound onto a newly constructed temporary travel lane. This will provide the room necessary for crews to excavate the sinkhole to bedrock, install geotextile fabric and backfill the sinkhole with graded solid rock. The roadway will be opened to traffic on Monday morning, September 17.

TDOT forces are monitoring the area regularly to watch for any roadway cracking that could indicate safety concerns for drivers. If at any time TDOT feels the roadway may be unsafe, the interstate will be shut down to traffic.

The sinkhole first impacted I-24 during the heavy rains of Hurricane Harvey last fall. TDOT crews excavated the area on the right shoulder and filled in the void. Pavement repairs have had to be made several times since then to address settling of material. The upcoming repairs will address the area under the left side of the roadway.

The emergency repair contract was awarded to Parchman Construction Co., Inc, who had the low bid of $864,016.10.