ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — An interstate ramp shut down Tuesday in Antioch, which will change how you drive in the area for the next six months.
Once this phase of the major construction project is completed, it will make getting around Antioch, one of our fastest growing areas, easier.
But, for the next six months, expect slowdowns after the Tennessee Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 24 westbound off-ramp at Hickory Hollow Parkway.
It's to connect the ramp to the larger, diverging diamond interchange planned for the exit. That will allow traffic to crisscross to the other side on the overpass in order to eliminate left turns in front of oncoming traffic. There will be lights to control the flow. TDOT says this will be safer and more efficient for drivers.
It's the first of its kind in Middle Tennessee. The long term plan will help eliminate some of the pressure on Bell Road and give people better access to the Cane Ridge area.
But in the meantime, Bell Road is the main alternate route. So expect it to take longer than usual to navigate there.
The ramp should re-open in February and the larger project will be completed by May of 2021.