Police to Nashville drivers: Slow down in I-440 work zone

Speed limit drops from 55 mph to 45 mph
Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 19:02:09-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police are reminding Nashville drivers to slow down as construction ramps up on Interstate 440.

The speed limit on I-440 is normally 55 mph, but the work zone speed limit is only 45 mph – and Metro police say they’re paying attention to speeding drivers.

Police tweeted out the reminder to slow down on Thursday.

On Tuesday alone, officers issued 27 tickets for speeding in the work zone.

Those tickets can cost you up to $150 and give you more points on your license than a regular speeding ticket.

This is a good reminder, too, because this isn't even the worst of construction. Heavy construction begins in just a couple of weeks on March 1.

"Starting March first, there's going to be lane closures on the corridor," said TDOT spokesperson Kathryn Schulte. "It is going to be the kind of thing where you will have to pay attention. You will have to allow extra time and we've been trying to get the word out about that. Unfortunately, it is going to be frustrating for drivers a little while longer. But we all know it needs to be fixed and it's going to be better."

Merge lanes will be shortened and roadside shoulders will be gone. The interstate will go down to just two lanes during the day and only one at night – that will be a 24-hour a day, six-day a week operation.

Police say the lowered speed limit is in place to protect both the driver and construction workers.