Following a weekend of lane closures along Interstate 40 west of Nashville, another construction project continues farther down the road with upcoming changes that will impact the flow of traffic.
This weekend, the eastbound lanes of I-40 at Mt Juliet Road were shifted to accommodate a new work zone.
The shift put two lanes on the left and one lane on the right of a cement work zone directly below the Mt Juliet Road overpass, where crews will lower the roadway to provide clearance for larger vehicles.
Construction has been underway in the area since early 2012 as part of a $55 million project by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). The state agency is widening roughly 10 miles of I-40 from Central Pike in Hermitage to a stretch east of State Route 109 in Lebanon.
An estimated 68,000 motorists travel that section of highway every day.
The lane shift will be in place for two weeks before another lane shift is made. Message boards will provide alerts on the changes.
When work is finished in the Mt Juliet Road vicinity, crews will tend to "odds and ends" to finish the overall project, including paving.
TDOT advises drivers to use caution, reduce speed, and be alert in the area, as with all construction zones.
The I-40 construction project is expected to be completed in late winter after the holidays.