NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced plans Tuesday afternoon to replace eight aging bridges in the south loop of Interstate 40 in Nashville.
The east and westbound bridge over Herman Street, Clinton Street, Jo Johnston Avenue and Charlotte Avenue will be replaced.
“[There are] eight bridges in total that are about 50 years old and are in bad shape,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “We had occasion a couple times, in fact three, where concrete fell from the Charlotte Bridge down on to Charlotte.”
The planned project, referred to as the Fast Fix 8, will call for 13 weekend closures between June 2015 and June 2016.
During the interstate closures, all traffic will be detoured. Officials said advance notice will be provided to motorists.
Road closures will be based on weather conditions and construction schedules.
The projects will be done using accelerated bridge construction.
“By using accelerated construction methods, we will greatly reduce the time a project like this would normally take,” Commissioner Schroer explained.
Officials said Fast Fix 8 will provide a safer commute for more than 136,000 vehicles that travel that specific section of I-40 each day.
“There is an uncertainty in federal funding and one of the things we are spending a lot of time on is maintaining our current assets,” Commissioner Schroer said. “Our dollars are going toward maintaining our assets instead of new projects. This is a classic example.”
The $62 million project is expected to be complete by June 2016.