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I-40 Reopens Monday After Weekend Bridge Work

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Posted at 6:45 AM, Aug 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:19:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A two-mile stretch of Interstate 40 has reopened on the west side of downtown Nashville as Tennessee Department of Transportation crews completed the second phase of the Fast Fix 8 project.

The south loop reopened ahead of schedule Monday morning after being closed since 8 p.m. Friday.

I-40 was blocked from the I-40/I-65 split as part of the project to repair four twin bridges. Jo Johnston Avenue was also closed from 11th Avenue to 16th Avenue.

The project – dubbed Fast Fix 8 – calls for an accelerated construction process to tear down and replace each bridge over one weekend for 13 weeks.

According to TDOT, the accelerated construction process reduces the amount of time these kids of projects take by allowing crews to time and space needed to quickly rip down the existing roadway, and reconstruct a new bridge.

During the 13 weekend closures, all traffic along the south loop was expected to be closed, with detours available on the north and east sides of downtown.

The project was expected to cost $62 million.