I-65 to close this weekend at Wedgewood Avenue for bridge repair

Posted at 8:30 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 09:30:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Crews will close a portion of Interstate 65 in Nashville at the Wedgewood Avenue bridge this weekend to make repairs.

The closure goes into effect at 8 p.m. Friday, and continues through Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 a.m. The roadwork was supposed to happen last weekend but was postponed due to weather.

Workers will be out replacing parts of the overpass and that means I-65 will shut down in both directions from the downtown loop to 440.

Northbound traffic will be routed on I-440 to I-40/I-24 (downtown interstate loop), southbound traffic will be routed on I-40/I-24 (downtown interstate loop) to I-440 and local traffic will be able to access I-65 via the Wedgewood on-ramps.

Some 130,000 cars travel over the Wedgewood Avenue overpass on I-65 on a normal day in downtown Nashville.

“This bridge was built in the 1970s and it basically needs some TLC we got to get in there and remove some bad parts of the deck. To get there, we have to mill off about 6 inches of asphalt so it’s a lot of work,” said Kathryn Schulte with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

While crews finish up some of this work in the spring, TDOT also plans to widen the I-65 South off-ramp to Wedgewood Avenue, adding an extra turn lane to help cut down on cars lining up on the ramp.