New concerns rise as more details released on I-440 reconstruction project

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There are new concerns amid additional details about Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Interstate 440 reconstruction project.  

I-440 is a road many Nashville commuters have considered a nuisance at one point or another because of all the potholes. 

On Tuesday night, TDOT held a meeting to update the public on the potential closures.  

The most controversial of the potential closures — a complete shutdown of I-440. 

As it stands now, TDOT is considering three closures on 440. 

Every approach focuses on two segments – east, from Interstate 24 to Interstate 65, and west, from I-65 to I-40.  

One option is temporary lane closures in both directions lasting 36 months. 

Another option, and most controversial, is a complete shutdown, east then west, lasting 10 months. 

A third option, a hybrid of the two, lasting up to 22 months. 

TDOT officials said according to their analysis, the complete shutdown would minimize traffic impacts and shorten the timeline of the project.  

Commuters at the meeting weighed in. 

Their concerns — how TDOT will address traffic jams from a complete shutdown. 

Officials said Interstate 840 and Briley Parkway will serve as main alternate routes. 

Another concern is what TDOT is doing to alleviate the bottlenecks at the ends of I-440. 

Officials said TDOT doesn’t have the funding to address this, but more minor fixes like re-striping and adjusting signal times to divert congestion will be addressed as the project gets underway. 

The cost of the project still stands at about triple the original estimate at $130 to $150 million. 

Next month, TDOT will award of the four ‘design-build’ teams a contract, and then construction will begin in the late fall. 

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