I-24 Closure Could Complicate Busy Saturday Downtown

Bridges repairs on the interstate east of downtown Nashville this weekend could complicate an already busy Saturday in the area. State transportation officials say they’ve tried to be accommodating in scheduling closures for I-24, but they can’t postpone the repairs forever.

The two-mile stretch of road work runs right past LP field, where this weekend tens of thousands of car fans will head to a hot-rod show. Meanwhile there will be a 5K charity run near Broadway on Saturday, along with a couple of bike rides through downtown.

The transportation department suspends work on some especially busy weekends to keep traffic from snaring. But Communications Director B.J. Doughty says they can’t always hold off, because they’re racing to finish before football season starts.

“With such a tight timeframe, there are only so many weekends between now and the end of August… There are events every single weekend in Nashville, so we’re going to step on some toes and we are aware of that.”

This weekend marks the fourth of an expected thirteen closures planned for downtown I-24 this summer.

Please keep your community civil. Comments will be moderated prior to posting, and Nashville Public Radio reserves the right to approve them at its discretion. Comments containing links promoting goods, services - even noble organizations - will not be published. Your comments may include external links, but all comments with links will be delayed as they are reviewed. Comments containing profanity will be rejected.