White Bridge Road area bridge work to require I-40 roadblocks

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 4:11pm
Staff reports

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will perform several rolling roadblocks on Interstate 40 on the city’s west side this weekend for the installation of bridge beams on the White Bridge Road overpass.

The closing periods are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

During the roadblocks, traffic will be stopped in both directions of Interstate 40 at White Bridge Road as crews use cranes to lift steel bridge beams onto the bridge piers. Several rolling roadblocks will be necessary on Saturday and Sunday to complete the operation. The roadblocks will each last 10-30 minutes in duration.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes around the work zone. TDOT will use overhead and portable message boards along I-40 to alert motorists of the closures. In addition, information on the closures will be broadcast on the TDOT SmartWay Highway Advisory Radio station (1680 AM) and on 511.

The interchange modification project is being done to improve traffic flow for motorists traveling eastbound on I-40 to Briley Parkway and from Briley Parkway to westbound I-40. It also includes the replacement of the White Bridge Road overpass. The $32 million project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is schedule to be complete in August.