Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews have scheduled multiple lane closures on I-65 northbound between the Briley Parkway interchange and the Old Hickory Boulevard exit north of downtown Nashville this weekend for blasting operations. The work will begin late Friday night and continue through 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. The complete lane closure schedule is as follows :
· Overnight Friday, April 1, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) – Saturday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (noon) I-65 northbound will be reduced to two lanes from just north of the Briley Parkway interchange (MM 91) to Old Hickory Boulevard (MM 92).
· Saturday, April 2, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The ramps from Briley Parkway westbound and Ellington Parkway northbound to I-65 northbound and will be closed. During this time, drivers can take Gallatin Pike (US 31E) to Old Hickory Blvd. westbound or Dickerson Pike (US 41) to Old Hickory Blvd. eastbound to connect with I-65 northbound.
· Saturday, April 2, 7:00 a.m. Traffic on I-65 in both directions from Old Hickory Blvd. to Briley Parkway will be temporarily stopped during blasting.
· Saturday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (noon) – Sunday April 3, 7:00 a.m. I-65 northbound will continue to have 1-2 lanes closed until roadway and shoulder cleanup is completed.
TDOT Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) will be updated with real-time lane closure and detour information throughout the operation. Current DMS messages can be viewed online at www.TNSmartWay/Traffic.
The blasting operations are part of a slope stabilization project on I-65 northbound between Old Hickory Blvd. and Briley Parkway. The purpose of the project is to provide a better clear zone for motorists and correct ongoing maintenance concerns with the existing slope.
The $1.5 million project is expected to be finished at the end of May 2016.
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