Motorists express concerns about safety as construction continues on I-65

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As TDOT crews continue construction on Interstate 65 north of downtown, some motorists have growing concerns about safety.

One commuter who drives that stretch of interstate every day told News 2 says it’s dangerous.

“The streets are uneven, broken up and [there are] no reflectors or warning signs,” she said. “In the rain and dark, you cannot see the lines of the road.”

TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen says some work that will be done in the next couple of weeks should address many drivers’ concerns.

Contracted crews were unable to retrace the lane markings last week as scheduled, but plan to finish the markings by the end of next week.

The lanes are uneven after crews patched potholes in the area.

“There is going to be some more spot paving to take care of, some of the more treacherous parts of the roadway,” said Jensen. “It’s a little bit uneven. People notice that and should certainly use caution and slow their speed when traveling through there.”

Construction on I-65 from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Pike began in October of 2012 and is expected to be completed in October 2015.

The $50 million widening project will expand I-65 from six to 10 lanes. The project also aims to address safety issues with merging at the I-24/I-65 split.

More than 142,000 vehicles travel this section each day.

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