TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Long-term lane closures for heavy construction operations on the Interstate 440 reconstruction project expected to start after the Friday evening rush hour this weekend, weather permitting.
TDOT has scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon, and is advising drivers to prepare for increased drive times along the I-440 corridor and surrounding areas beginning in March 2019 until the project completion in August 2020.
The contract for the $152 million project was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure South Group this past August, and includes an August 2020 completion date. The contractor will be rubblizing the existing deteriorated concrete and using the material in the new asphalt roadway.
Starting in March, the contractor will begin shifting traffic on I-440 in order to work in the median area. This includes restricting traffic to two lanes in each direction during the day and one lane in each direction at night, shortening I-440 merge lanes, and closing roadway shoulders. The traffic shifts will kick-off the contractor’s 24-hours-a-day/6-days-a-week operations. The work will begin west of I-65 between the Granny White Pike area and West End Avenue.
The contractor will move west with operations to I-40 and then continue work from I-65 to I-24. By early spring, the entire corridor is expected to be under heavy construction. The contractor will be removing the elevated grassy median and rubblizing concrete in the inside lanes. Once this work is completed, traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes while crews work on the outside lanes.
For more information on the I-440 reconstruction project and to sign up for email updates, visit https://www.tn.gov/tdot/