Road closures downtown and on Interstate 24 east of downtown could cause headaches for commuters to kick off the weekend.
The detours are set to begin Friday at 2:30 p.m. when Metro police expect to close Broadway between Fourth and Sixth avenues until midnight.
The Nashville Predators received a permit from the city to close Broadway and make room for a festival before and after the hockey team’s Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second-round playoff series.
According to police, traffic during the closure will have to turn off of Broadway by Fourth Avenue (headed westbound) or by Seventh Avenue (headed eastbound). Extra-duty police officers will be staffed at fixed posts in the downtown area Friday afternoon and evening to help drivers.
Later Friday evening, construction crews working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation will close a three-mile section of I-24 near downtown for the ongoing bridge rehabilitation project over Main and Woodland Streets.
According to TDOT, I-24 eastbound and westbound will be closed from the I-24/I-65 split north of downtown to the I-24/I-40 split east of downtown beginning Friday at 9 p.m. The interstate is expected to open no later than Monday, May 7, at 5 a.m.
Main Street and Woodland Street, from South 5th Street to Interstate Drive, will also be closed for the bridge repairs, and detours will be in place. All work is dependent on the weather.
Drivers passing through downtown Nashville will need to follow detour signs directing them to take the west loop (I-40/I-65) around downtown. Project closures and detour maps are available here. A new East Nashville specific map, along with other maps to access downtown has recently been added.
This is the second weekend closure of the rehab project and workers will be removing the old bridge decks and setting new pre-fabricated deck panels in place. The full project will require the total closure of a section of I-24 for 13 weekends this spring and summer.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.