All lanes on I-40 open after emergency bridge repairs - WKRN News 2

All lanes on I-40 open after emergency bridge repairs

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2013 06:03 PM

Emergency bridge repair work shut down two lanes of Interstate 40 West near downtown Nashville Tuesday afternoon.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation also closed two lanes of Charlotte Avenue underneath I-40 after pieces of concrete fell from the bridge. Charlotte Avenue reopened a short time later.

The unexpected closures stemmed from a blown out section of the bridge deck.  Crews were called to the scene to immediately begin repairs around 2:30 p.m.

All lanes of I-40 were reopened just after 8 p.m.

The patch repairs are not expected to affect the morning commute on Wednesday.

This isn't the first time chunks of concrete fell from I-40 onto Charlotte Avenue.

Last summer there was a similar incident where cars were damaged from driving over broken pieces of concrete.

Chief Engineer Paul Degges says TDOT has set aside funding for the replacement of the deck of that bridge and three nearby bridges on I-40.

"This is not the first time we've had some small pieces of concrete come loose on this bridge," said Degges. "We are having to come in and do some patch work. Basically we're trying to get this bridge to last until we can get this project to delivery."

Until then, Degges says the bridge is structurally sound and safe to drive on.

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