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Eastbound Lanes Of I-40 Reopened After Pothole Repair

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Crews repair potholes along a stretch of highway at the I-65/I-24 corridor near Trinity Lane in February 2013. (File photo) Crews repair potholes along a stretch of highway at the I-65/I-24 corridor near Trinity Lane in February 2013. (File photo)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – One eastbound lane of Interstate 40 in Wilson County have been reopened. They were closed while crews repaired potholes that opened up in the cold weather.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation closed one lane Wednesday near the Wilson/Davidson County line in Mt. Juliet through the evening commute and into the night. 

Two lanes remained opened. The construction has since been completed. 

Deanna Lambert, communication relations officer with TDOT, said there were some potholes that needed immediate repair.

The potholes were in a construction zone. Lambert said the asphalt in temporary lanes built as part of the construction project was already thin when moisture from the recent rainfall seeped into the cracks.

When the temperature goes below freezing, the moisture becomes ice and expands, cracking the asphalt and creating the potholes.

Westbound traffic was not affected by the repair work. 

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