“The coronavirus has impacted travel plans for Tennesseans this July 4 holiday,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said in the release. “Although fewer motorists will be traveling through Tennessee, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time to help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”
While drivers may notice some lane closures in place at long-term construction sites, TDOT announced July 2 that I-440 is now completely open one month ahead of schedule. Construction on the roadway has been ongoing since late 2018.
The $154.8 million project is the largest in TDOT history, according to the announcement. The project replaced deteriorated concrete with asphalt from I-40 to I-24, creating three lanes in each direction and adding auxiliary lanes, lighting, landscaping and ramp improvements.
“The I-440 reconstruction project is not only the largest in TDOT’s history but also one of the most challenging to construct,” Bright said. “I want to commend the entire project team for their hard work and dedication to meeting the aggressive completion date. I also want to thank the public for their patience during the construction process.”
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