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Bridge Repairs Continue Despite Scorching Temperatures

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite record summer temps reaching into triple digits, workers laboring on the I-24 bridge on the Stadium side of the downtown loop say the weather has been most cooperative.

 "The humidity's been low," said Manuel Abello, division manager with Dement Construction, the contractor hired by TDOT to repair the bridge.

 This weekend, the Department of Transportation took members of the media on a tour of the closed bridge. The bridge has been closed for rehabilitation seven weekends, counting this one; and will be closed for six more to complete the project.

 Abello said tents are set up on-site so workers can at least get some shade. He said portable cooling units have also been brought in to keep workers from getting overheated.

"We took lots of breaks," Abello said, adding that an increase in manpower also allowed workers to work shorter stints, and to be relieved by freshly rested co-workers.

"Everything's on schedule," said Deanna Lambert, a spokesperson for T-DOT.

 Crews are replacing the "decking," the surface of the bridge we drive on in other words, by lifting out giant slabs and replacing them with pre-made concrete slabs shipped in from Memphis.

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