This weekend, there will be yet another set of lane shifts for the I-440 reconstruction project.
According to TDOT, eastbound and westbound lanes along the interstate will be reduced from three to two lanes starting at 9 p.m. Friday.
“We are expecting this to be a pretty big traffic impact for folks especially next week when Spring Break is over,” said TDOT spokesperson Kathryn Schulte. “Folks on the east side of 440 haven’t been experiencing some of those impacts yet, but it’s coming.”
Packed in with the congestion will soon also be the sounds of rubblization to replace the deteriorating concrete with asphalt.
“We had to do some preliminary concrete breaking up – that’s been able to be done during the day,” said Schulte. “We’re looking at starting the night time wrap all the rubblization towards the end of April, but we’re going to get more updates as the contractors progress with their schedule.”
The rubblization will be a 24/7 operation.
As the project moves forward, TDOT urges folks to slow down with the speed limit reduced to 45 miles per hour.
Schulte said police have been very active about enforcement.
“They have been writing a fair amount of speeding tickets and really we need people to slow down for safety,” she said. “Not only the safety of the folks who are working close to the roadway but the safety of other drivers on the road as well.”
Schulte said the incident management plan, starting with two dedicated TDOT HELP trucks is working so far, but urges folks to do what they can to keep traffic flowing.
“Where we’re seeing the most traffic is in rush-hour and we’re seeing it earlier in the mornings, especially around the 65 area where we have the lane closures up — make sure you plan ahead, make sure you leave plenty of time, and consider using an alternate route if you can,” said Schulte.