A construction project that has hampered downtown interstate traffic most weekends this summer is drawing to a close. This weekend workers will wrap up the bridge overhaul on I-24, east of LP Field.
Workers are done with the main task of laying down a couple hundred new concrete deck panels on the 50-year-old bridges. This weekend they’ll pave the new surface, put new concrete barriers around the edges and lay down new stripes.
The transportation department’s B.J. Doughty says everything’s on track to finish as scheduled, and it looks like as budgeted.
“There’s been no surprises that would increase the cost of the project, which typically that’s what increases the cost of the project is when you have surprises pop up during construction, and we have not.”
Doughty says the bridges should last another 50 years thanks to the overhaul. It was planned to wrap up before the Tennessee Titans kick off football season. The team’s first pre-season game at home is this Thursday, sidestepping the weekend closure.