Drivers in Nashville brace for two major road projects


Drivers in Nashville are bracing for the impacts of not one, but two major road projects.

The weekend’s landslide on I-24 has closed the interstate’s eastbound lanes from Briley Parkway to Old Hickory Blvd.

Ten miles south, the I-440 project is about to kick into high-gear with the start of heavy construction on Friday.

Crews have begun the cleanup from the landslide.

The task of removing an estimated 50-thousand cubic yards of mud and debris amid still unstable conditions could take days, if not weeks.

Detours like Highway 12 or the Ashland City Highway are already seeing traffic multiply.

“Go by it everyday and it takes me an extra 15 minutes to get to work,” said commuter Jeff Smith.

Tuesday morning, Ashland City Police officers and THP troopers began directing morning hour traffic.

Meanwhile, in three days, the I-440 project is set to ramp up.

Drivers are already dreading the traffic.

“It’s bad enough,” said George Edwards, a commuter.

After some last-minute drainage work, the heavy lifting of removing concrete and rubblization to make way for new asphalt will begin around late April.

Commuters are ready to put their alternate routes, like Nolensville Pike, Woodmont Blvd, even I-840, into action.

“I’m going to stay on Briley – Briley will take you around the whole city, just about,” said commuter Ken Currie.

The active work sites will move from the west to east end of I-440.

During the day, there will be two lanes in each direction and one lane open at night.

Drivers said they’re two major projects they hope will be worth all the traffic.

“Try to leave earlier, give more time, try not to get upset,” said Smith. “Just roll with the punches.”

The 440 project is expected to end in the Fall of 2020.

An update on the I-24 landslide closure is expected on Wednesday.

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

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