Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic on Interstate 65 southbound near the I-24 east merge in Nashville. Between mile markers 86 and 88, lanes of travel will be reduced from four to three lanes to allow for the continued widening of this stretch of I-65.
Weather permitting, crews tentatively scheduled to start implementing the lane reduction Wednesday.
Once the new traffic pattern is in place, there will be three travel lanes from the I-65 S / I-24 E merge to just south of Trinity Lane. The new traffic pattern will be in place for the next several months, when traffic will be shifted again to complete the remaining new lanes in late fall. Northbound lanes on I-65 have been reduced to three lanes in this same area since the project began.
The traffic shift is a critical part of the final stages of the widening project that will expand I-65 from six to ten lanes, adding much needed capacity for the more than 142,000 vehicles that travel this section every day. The $50 million project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.
To learn more about the project, please visit tdot.state.tn.us/I65TrinityDickerson.
TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway.