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Deteriorating I-40 Bridge Over Charlotte Ave. Slated For Repair

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The view underneath the I-40 Bridge from Charlotte Ave. The view underneath the I-40 Bridge from Charlotte Ave.

by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After three repairs in 36 days, the Interstate 40 bridge over Charlotte Avenue has been slated for a $500,000 repair within the next two months.

The thousands of drivers who travel over and under the I-40 Bridge above Charlotte Avenue may not see the cracks, falling pieces of concrete, or light shining through the 46-year-old bridge.

"The bridge deck has reached its service life and we need to maintain it and rehab it. That's why we have the big project coming spring 2015," said David Layhew, assistant chief engineer with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Before the start of the 2015 project, TDOT has planned another temporary fix on the I-40 westbound lanes. The $500,000 project would start on a Friday by 8 p.m. and end by Monday at 5 a.m. to reduce the level of disruption to commuters. 

"This is where all these problems are centralized in, so we're going to take all the concrete out and put in new concrete so there will be no more concrete falling in those areas," said Layhew.

TDOT crews were back out Wednesday night repairing the bridge for the third time in the last five weeks. 

This time, concrete had not actually fallen but maintenance crews spotted the problem during their daily check on the bridge.

"We had scheduled to go out there (Wednesday) around 8 p.m. because we don't want to affect the motoring public during rush hour, but we just couldn't wait. It got bad sooner than we expected," said Layhew.

TDOT commissioner John Schroer said even with the recent events, all drivers should feel safe traveling both on and under the bridge.

"We continue to monitor it every day and if we get to the point where we think it is unsafe, we will do something about it, "said Schroer. "At this point and time my people tell me it is okay and I'm going to trust what they tell me."

By the spring of 2015, TDOT has planned a massive repair projects for four downtown I-40 bridges, including those over Herman Street, Clinton Street, Charlotte Avenue and Jo Johnston Avenue - all in the same area.

The massive project has been projected to cost $40 million. Commissioner Schroer said these projects take time.

"It is required by state law that we bid those things out," said Schroer. "We have to do a design. We have to submit emergency repair request and it takes - for us to follow law, we have to bid it out."

Both Schroer and Layhew said all bridges were safe for travel both on and under for motorists. 


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