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TDOT Details Plans For I-40 Bridge Repair

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation continued routine bridge inspections this week, just a day after more concrete fell from the I-40 West bridge deck over Charlotte Avenue, prompting an emergency repair job. The same thing happened last week.

TDOT said they're monitoring that area for potholes.

"We've had a lot of rain lately and the rain getting into the bridge deck accelerates the concrete to crumble," said TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert.

The short term repairs are just the first step.  TDOT said it has planned a major rehab project for the Charlotte Avenue Bridge, hoping to start next summer, but they have to find funding first.

"In the meantime we're discussing if we need to go in there and make a small repair to get us through to next summer and the larger rehabilitation project," Lambert said.

Until then TDOT continues routine bridge inspections, taking a look at each of Tennessee's 18,000 bridges every two or four years.

According to TDOT, the I-40/Charlotte Avenue bridge has been on the "Structurally Deficient" list. The bridge was last inspected in January 2012. It was built in 1967 and had a sufficiency score of 76.6.

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