Plan ahead: Section of I-24 in Downtown Nashville closed this weekend


NASHVILLE: Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close a portion of I-24 on the downtown interstate loop for a bridge replacement and rehabilitation project this weekend. The closure is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. through Monday, November 20 at 6 a.m.

The on-ramp to I-24 eastbound from Spring Street will also be closed starting Thursday night at 8 p.m. and all day on Friday. Traffic will be  detoured on North First Street. The I-24 eastbound off ramp to James Robertson Parkway will be closed overnight Thursday from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. These ramp closures will allow for the contractor to better coordinate the Oldham Street bridge replacement work around the train traffic.

The weekend work will require a complete closure of I-24 from the I-40 split east of downtown Nashville to the I-65 split north of downtown Nashville. Traffic will be diverted onto I-65 and I-40. During the closures, drivers should expect congestion on the interstates around downtown Nashville, as well as local routes in the East Nashville area.

TDOT will use its overhead Dynamic Message Signs to direct motorists around the closure. Drivers are advised to be alert and follow the posted directions. Law enforcement officers will be on site in the work zone to provide traffic control as the work is being completed.

This is the last of four scheduled weekends that crews will need to shut down this portion of I-24 for the rehabilitation project. This weekend, crews will demo and replace the eastbound half of the I-24 Oldham Street Bridge over the CSX railroad tracks and continue with paving and repair work on the Silliman Evans Bridge over the Cumberland River.

The work is part of a $28.5 million project to replace the I-24 Oldham Street and Spring Street bridges, as well as make other maintenance improvements along the corridor. Bell and Associates Construction is the prime contractor for the project. The contract completion date is June 30, 2018.

Project information, including detour maps, are available online at Watch the project information video at


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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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