Interstate 440 is probably one of the most heavily traveled roadways here in Middle Tennessee, with thousands commuting on it each day.
A two-hour informational meeting was held on Tuesday night to talk to the public about traffic control while I-440 undergoes reconstruction.
Three different options presented include the following:Conventional construction with work taking place while two lanes are left open in each direction. This plan would take three years to complete. The second plan calls for segmented closures of I-440 in which the eastern section of I-440 would be closed for four months. Once the work is done on the east, crews would shift to the western half, closing it for six more months. The third option includes closing the western section of I-440, allowing crews to get all the work done in that section within six months while also working on the rest of I-440 east of I-65, which will remain open.
TDOT says the first option would take you an extra 30-40 seconds to get to work. The second option would take you one to two minutes. The third option could take you an extra 30 seconds to a minute to get to work.
"The delays really depend on where you are going, but they are not as dramatic as people might be afraid of," said TDOT Spokesperson B.J. Doughty.
The proposed plan will address deteriorating pavement along the entire corridor of I-440, including removing the grass median for safety and new auxiliary lanes. There will also be new noise walls, repair of existing walls and lighting.
TDOT is using four design teams that are preparing proposals that will include their final projects, plans for construction and the bid amount. Officials hope to award the contract bid in August and have the preliminary construction start this fall.
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