TDOT to Perform Extensive Pothole Patching Prior to Major Reconstruction Project
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting in mid-April with weather permitting, Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will be performing substantial asphalt patching operations on I-440.
The intense freeze-thaw cycles and heavy winter rains in 2018 have taken a toll on the already deteriorating concrete surface of I-440. The current roadway will need to be able to withstand upcoming construction activities, its standard heavy volume of traffic, as well as at least one additional winter, before drivers are riding on new asphalt.
Once the contract for the I-440 reconstruction project is awarded this summer, TDOT will require the contractor to maintain the improved surface conditions for the duration of construction. With this work to improve the driving surface on the front end, the contractor will be able to spend less time patching potholes and more time on the major construction activities.
Beginning the week of April 16, crews will be placing asphalt patches of 500 feet or longer on the roughest areas of the corridor. The work will be done at night to minimize impacts on traffic. TDOT received bids for the paving work, and Vulcan Materials had the low bid amount of $1.9 million.
In January, TDOT released the Request for Proposals for the I-440 Reconstruction project to qualifying Design-Build teams. The teams are currently working on design plans and a construction schedule for the project. TDOT will then review the plans and award the design-build contract, taking into account both the total cost and the construction time of each proposal.
The I-440 design and reconstruction project is estimated to take up to three years to complete. Funding was made available by the passage of the IMPROVE Act last year.
For more information on the I-440 reconstruction project, the Design-Build method of project delivery, and to sign up for email updates, visit https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/region-3/interstate-440.html.