Drivers brace for I-440 heavy construction to begin

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Drivers who use interstate 440 are already dreading the traffic delays that will come with near-nonstop heavy construction.

The major work phase starts Friday evening, which could cause even bigger headaches for commuters.

“It’s going to be the scariest thing,” said Joe Hernandez, a Lyft driver.

“I’ll avoid going during the rush hour, afernoon rush hour traffic,” said Jimbo Cook, a longtime Nashvillian.

Hernandez said he’s worried the 440 fix will hurt riders.

“It’ll help us a little because of mileage and time,” said Hernandez. “But still, Lyft is supposed to be the quickest way around.”

One of the first work sites covers the Green Hills area where Cook has called home for decades.

“People got to expect the growth is going to happen where you’re going to have to widen arteries, do whatever. Otherwise, it’ll really get congested,” said Cook.

“I’m trying to figure out if there are any other side routes or something like that that runs alongside it,” said Hernandez. “But like I said, I’m not the only one looking at that track.”

The major alternates of I-65 are 21st Avenue, Hillsboro Road, West End Avenue and Harding Place.

But some backroads, drivers hope to keep a secret.

“I dont want them to come where I come from!” said Cook.

TDOT officials encouraged folks to avoid I-440 if possible.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – “I want to stress, if you can avoid this corridor to the airport or through Nashville, we’d like to see you use one of those alternates of Briley or 840,” said Will Reid, Asst. Chief Engineer at TDOT.

The project is expected to be done in August of 2020.

Folks weighed in if they think the wait and the traffic will be worth it.

“No doubt,” said Cook.

“Hopefully,” said Hernandez.

The project will add an additional lane in each direction of I-440 and will also replace the deteriorating concrete with new asphalt.

The project is expected to be done in August of 2020.

News 2 is following the 440 reconstruction. For continuing coverage, click here. 

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