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Lane Closures on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville begin Tonight

 

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will reduce Wilma Rudolph Boulevard (U.S. 79/State Route 13) to one lane several nights this week for major construction work. The lane closures are necessary for the installation of bridge beams for the new bridge crossing over the Red River. The closure periods are as follows:

  • August 24th, 2010 through August 27th, 2010, 8:00pm – 6:00am (Each Night)

During the closures, crews will use large cranes to lift 12 steel bridge beams, each weighing an average of 65,000 pounds, across the roadway and onto the new bridge piers. Police officers and flaggers will be on site to direct north and southbound traffic through the work zone. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and avoid the area if at all possible.

The Red River Bridge Replacement Project began in February 2010 and is expected to be complete by November 2011. The $6.7 million project is being funded through the Better Bridges Program. Through the Better Bridges Program TDOT will replace, repair or rehabilitate 200 state owned structurally deficient bridges in Tennessee by 2013.

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 can 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.  Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.


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