Davidson County Bridges Reopen, Smith County Bridge Closes for Repairs

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2016

Davidson County Bridges Reopen, Smith County Bridge Closes for Repairs

Two bridges in Northeast Davidson County will reopen after crews completed a repair project over the weekend.

According to a report by wsmv.com, the bridges on Old Hickory Boulevard are now open for traffic and commuters, and the repairs were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday held by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The $4.9 million project included improvements and repairs of two-truss style bridges that connect Old Hickory to Madison, Tennessee.

Shortly after the repairs were completed on the bridges in Davidson County, the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that a bridge was closing in Smith County in Carthage, Tennessee, due to possible safety issues.

WSMV.com reports that the Cookeville Highway/Highway 70 Bridge will be closed until further notice after TDOT personnel noticed a possible issue with the bridge. The department will release more information to the public as it becomes available.

Until the bridge is reopened, traffic is being rerouted and a detour is being used to direct drivers to Gordonsville.

How Can You Find Out about Road and Bridge Closures?

TDOT closes roads and bridges in Middle Tennessee several times a year to make time for construction crews to complete repairs and protect drivers when the roadways become dangerous. Although road closures can be inconvenient and delay your commute, they are done with the best interests of drivers in mind.

To find out when and where road and bridge closures might be taking place in your area, use the following methods:

  • Use TDOT’s SmartWay Traffic website

The Tennessee Department of Transportation provides free real-time traffic monitoring, incident reports, traffic camera footage, and highway messages via the Internet using its SmartWay website and smartphone application. You can use the provided map and information to locate traffic jams and potential road closures in your area to save time and avoid backups and delays.

  • Check tn.gov for current transportation projects

TDOT also keeps a list of all transportation projects in four regions of the state. Use the links to view ongoing projects in each region and see where road work is currently taking place and where traffic may be affected or rerouted. You can also view transportation studies to see potential projects that may take place in the future that can help alleviate traffic in the state and improve roadways.

  • View a list of current traffic accidents in Nashville

There are multiple accidents every day in Nashville—especially during the morning and evening rush hour. Those accidents frequently cause major delays when they occur on busy highways and interstates. To find out when and where accidents in the area occurred, view the real-time list and make note of the type of accident, time the accident occurred, location info, and the city. This information can help you make route plans before your commute to work or your commute home—especially if the accident caused the roadway to be blocked.

Part of being a safe and effective driver is making sure you have all of the information you need before you head out on the roadway. That means using all available resources to find out about road and bridge closures. Using the websites listed above can make it easy to quickly determine the most efficient route to reach your destination with the fewest delays or traffic jams.

Although staying informed about traffic conditions in your area can help your commute, it can’t completely reduce your risks of being involved in an accident. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, our Nashville auto accident attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and more. To find out how we may be able to help, contact Matt Hardin Law today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or completing a free online form.