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Construction Will Expand I-65 To 10 Lanes

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By Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Clark Jones moved his family to Larkspur Drive 17 years ago. They're so close to the interstate, the old saying is actually true.

"Yeah, I could. I could actually throw a rock from here to the interstate, and I'm an old guy," Jones said from his home Thursday.

A few weeks ago, crews suddenly cut down the natural barrier of trees and bushes between his home and I-65. That's when Jones realized his front-row seat to traffic is about to get much  closer.

"I could probably give a couple of the tractor trailer drivers high-fives if they throw their arm out the window," Jones joked.

He is just one of many homeowners up and down the edge of I-65 who are watching as crews expand the interstate from six to ten lanes between Trinity Lane and Dickerson Pike. This is the third phase of the project.

TDOT officials say the phase will eventually mirror what the interstate looks like further north, near River Gate mall.

"Traffic is just going to get worse, so we're going to try to alleviate the problems now," spokesperson Beth Emmons said. "It's going to be five on each side. So that's going to alleviate a lot of the congestion that you see there during rush hour."

Traffic planners expect the corridor to reach 107,820 cars per day in just two years. By 2035, it could be 179,470 cars per day.

The project will also include sound barriers, meaning people like Jones won't have to feel like they live on the interstate, while it's growing right next to them.

"That's going to probably reduce the amount of sound even lower than it was before," he said.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2015. It comes with a $48-million price tag.



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