Photo courtesy of TDOT

Drivers along Interstate 440 will see overnight lane closures in November as crews prepare to overhaul the nearly 8-mile corridor, a project transportation officials say will wrap up by August 2020.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, preliminary work — such as lighting relocation, noise wall construction, shoulder paving and ramp work — will lead up to heavy construction expected to begin next spring.

In order to expedite the $152 million project, crews will work on the roadway 24 hours a day. Nearby residents will be impacted by construction noise in the overnight hours, according to TDOT.

TDOT spokesperson Kathryn Schulte told community members last week that although there's no getting around noise during overnight hours, crews are expected to keep moving and will not stay in one location for long.

"We want to give you all a good idea of when the activities are in your area," Schulte said. "While we can’t stop the noise, we do want to let you all know when it will be at its worst."

The transportation agency says it plans to coordinate with Metro Public Works to better control traffic on collector streets surrounding I-440, as well as work with first responders in the event of accidents along the corridor.

"We’re working closely with TDOT to install new equipment that will give us an idea of how traffic is fluctuating," Assistant Director of Public Works Jeff Hammond said. "We can then look at patterns and make signal timing adjustments as needed."

You can sign up for email updates on the project here. Flip through the interactive timeline below to see various stages reconstruction:

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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