TDOT crews will be working on the Epps Mill Road exit, as seen in this aerial photo, beginning Aug. 23, 2013, near Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo courtesy of www.TN.gov)
The Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close one lane on Interstate 24 eastbound near Murfreesboro this weekend in order to begin repairing the Epps Mill Road Bridge, officials announced Thursday.
The bridge was damaged in February when it was struck by an oversized vehicle.
I-24 eastbound, at mile marker 89 at the Buchanan Road and Epps Mill Road exit, will be reduced to one lane beginning Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 a.m. One lane will remain open.
During this lane closure, workers will be attaching a new steel plate to the bridge beam under Epps Mill Road. No additional weekend closures are anticipated after this weekend.
The project’s estimated completion date is Saturday, Aug. 31, and it is expected to cost $121,744.
TDOT crews will use overhead and portable message boards to alert motorists of the lane closures. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and expect delays.
Law enforcement officers will be on site in the work zone to provide traffic control as the work is being completed.
TDOT officials are also asking drivers to use caution, reduce their speed, and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.