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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 65 in Franklin this weekend for bridge repairs at State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass). The work is scheduled as follows:
- Saturday, October 11, 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – I-65 northbound will be closed. I-65 southbound will have brief rolling roadblocks.
- Sunday, October 12, 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – I-65 southbound will be closed.
This operation will likely create lengthy delays for traffic on I-65. Traffic will be detoured, depending on the direction of travel and the corresponding lane closures. Interstate ramps at SR 248 will be accessible; however, motorists are advised to plan ahead and utilize alternate routes if possible.
Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the road closures. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT HELP trucks will also be on-site to assist with traffic.
The scheduled closures are weather dependent. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent work from occurring as scheduled, the time will be adjusted or the work will be rescheduled.
The lane closures are necessary to set steel beams for a new bridge. The work is part of a larger effort to restore two structures that were destroyed in a tanker fire in August. Construction on a second bridge is expected next spring. In addition to the bridges, the $46 million project will widen I-65 between SR 840 and SR 248, modify the interchange, and widen the roadway on SR 248 in Williamson County.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area.
TDOT is currently working to improve SmartWay access for Android and iPhone users to assist in navigating Tennessee highways. The new system will provide up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information and will enable the user to access TDOT SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction-related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. Check back for more information on mobile SmartWay use.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.