Interstate 240 MemFix 4Shelby County
Originally built in the late 50s and early 60s, the bridges of Poplar Avenue, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Park Avenue over Interstate 240 in east Memphis have structural deterioration and deficiencies that need to be addressed. Recent construction on I-240 further exposed the needs of each bridge.
MemFix 4 is a $54 million bridge rehabilitation project to replace or repair the four bridges using an innovative process called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). ABC requires short-term, total road closures to allow crews the space to do their jobs and the freedom to work around the clock. The closures will also allow construction to be finished in months instead of years.
The bridge work and the temporary closures will also allow crews to complete the planned widening of I-240 along this section of interstate.
This project will provide a safer commute for the roughly 50,000 vehicles that travel this section of Poplar and Park Avenues and the trains that travel this section of the Norfolk Southern Railroad every day, as well as the 138,000 motorists who travel under the bridges on I-240. Construction is expected to be finished by June 2019.
For MemFix 4, a portion of I-240 will be closed to all traffic for UP TO 12 weekends between June 2018 and June 2019. During the scheduled closures, I-240 will be closed from the I-240/I-40 split to the north and the I-240/State Route 385 split to the south. The interstate detour will remain the same for all 12 weekends.
Various parts of the project will be done at night and during off-peak travel times. Due to the nature of this work, one lane in each direction of I-240 will be CLOSED near the bridges for the duration of the project. This will allow crews to safely move equipment through the work zone, complete foundation repairs, and prepare each bridge for the closure weekends.
Detours on local streets will be dependent upon specific bridge work. Interstate and local access maps are provided below. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic should follow directional signage near the work zone.
Additional Interstate and Local Access Maps are provided on the Timeline section for this project.
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