I-24 downtown to close this weekend for bridge repairs

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 31, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will shut down Interstate 24 along the East Loop this weekend for bridge repair work and joint replacements on the Woodland Street and Main Street bridges.

Originally, the closure was planned for all lanes, between the I-65 North Loop split and the I-40 split after the Silliman Evans Bridge.

But new information from TDOT will help folks traveling from Nashville away from town, keeping some outbound ramps and lanes open during the work.

I-24 is closing down Friday at 9 p.m. and should re-open Monday morning by 5 a.m.

But the ramp to I-24 EB from Shelby Ave will remain open for traffic.

The ramp from Spring street to I-24 WB will also remain open.

To avoid the East Loop completely, use I-40/I-65 around the West Loop. Lanes in both directions will remain open there.

But for Titans fans coming in for the Saturday night kickoff party, or anyone else heading downtown know this: inbound you will need to use local streets. Shelby Avenue, Main Street, Woodland Street and Spring Street will remain open, as will the pedestrian bridge.

But when you leave downtown, you will be able to head East o the intersate from Shelby Ave. And West from Spring St.

That keeps drivers away from the construction while workers are on the roads.

This is the first of two weekends the Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to shut down the interstate for repairs. The work is part of a larger $1.5 million bridge repair project that also includes the Silliman Evans bridge. Work for that will shut down the road again in the fall.