The Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced that a possible nighttime bridge closure may occur on Hurricane Bridge next week to allow the contractor to pour a portion of the deck.
TDOT officials say this closure may be held either on Tuesday or Wednesday, September 18 or 19 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. depending on progression of work. (The work will more likely take place during the week of September 24th, but there is a chance that it could be done during this report period).
Whenever these closures are scheduled, variable message boards will be used to inform the public and local media will be notified. The marked truck detour route will be used to reroute traffic.
The bridge currently is down to only one lane of traffic, and it is being maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public. The current weight postings of 10 tons for two-axle vehicles and 18 tons for vehicles with three or more axles will remain in effect and will be strictly enforced. This will allow for work adjacent to the north side of the bridge to continue. Further temporary lane shifts may be implemented by flaggers on an "as needed" basis to facilitate work as it progresses.
Estimated project completion date is October 2013.