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TDOT to patch I-440 potholes this week, larger repairs pushed to next week

(Fox 17 News)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said Monday that rainy conditions pushed back larger roadway repairs on I-440 to next week.

TDOT crews will be patching potholes Monday night and throughout the week on I-440. Crews will be milling and removing snowplowable markers to prepare for big asphalt patches next week.

TDOT Spokesperson Kathryn Schulte said crews originally planned to start larger pothole repair patches (500+ ft.) this week. That work has been delayed because the subcontractor for the larger repairs is also working on a I-24 rehab job that was rained out last weekend.

Earlier in April, TDOT announced $1.9 million in repairs to I-440 slated for this month. The department planned the 500 ft. asphalt patches to repair the roughest areas of the I-440 corridor following heavy rain and freezing temperatures this winter.

Drivers are urged to check traffic before the plan to use I-440 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. to avoid congestion from roadwork. Roadways could be down to one lane along parts of I-440 for nighttime repairs.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR I-440 RECONSTRUCTION

These larger patches happening next week will precede an I-440 reconstruction project. TDOT plans to award the reconstruction project to a contractor this summer.

TDOT said this project requires the contractor to maintain the roadway's improved surface conditions throughout construction in hopes that less time will be spent patching potholes and more time on major construction activities.

The I-440 design and reconstruction project is estimated to take up to three years to complete. TDOT is currently working on design plans and a construction schedule this the project. Funding was made available by the passage of the IMPROVE Act last year.


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