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I-40 Reopens Over Charlotte Avenue After Bridge Repairs

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Crews began making repairs to the bridge on westbound I-40 over Charlotte Avenue after debris began falling onto the road below. Crews began making repairs to the bridge on westbound I-40 over Charlotte Avenue after debris began falling onto the road below.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Interstate 40 near downtown reopened Thursday morning after crews made repairs to the bridge over Charlotte Avenue for the third time in a month.

It's the same spot where concrete fell from the I-40 bridge deck and onto Charlotte Avenue twice in August.

The left lanes were closed again Wednesday just after 5 p.m. when crews checking on the bridge found more areas that needed repair. They finished the temporary repair Thursday around 4:30 a.m. and reopened the roadway. 

TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert said crews have been watching for additional problem spots in the area. 

After the second round of repairs, Lambert said the short term repairs were just the first step. A major rehab project for the Charlotte Avenue Bridge was already planned for summer 2014. 

With construction crews having to make temporary fixes for the third time, TDOT hoped to have a more permanent fix by October or November. 

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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