UPDATE: Starting Wednesday, January 24, the outside lanes of the Hixson Pike bridge over Highway 153 will be closed to replace part of the bridge.
The driving surface (bridge deck), barrier walls and overhangs will all be replaced on both the southbound and northbound lanes. On Wednesday, the closures will be set up after 9 a.m. to allow for the morning rush. There is an average of 30,000 vehicles travelling over the bridge on a daily basis.
According to TDOT officials, these closures will be in place until November 2017. Jennifer Flynn, TDOT community relations officer, says the goal is to have all lanes open by Thanksgiving. At that time, if there is further work to be done, road closures would restart after January 2 to accommodate the holiday shopping season.
There may also be lane closures on Highway 153 for work under the Hixson Pike bridge. If those are needed, the closures will take place at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays and on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Crews will assist with traffic flow.
Flynn says "we understand that this project will cause headaches, but it must be done because the bridge deck and rails are in need in replacement."
Once the project is finished, there will be more room on the bridge when the new rail is constructed.
The cost of the entire project is over 1 million, and is scheduled to be completed on or before May 15, 2018.
PREVIOUS STORY:Work begins Wednesday on the Hixson Pike overpass above SR-153, the Tennessee Department of Transportation warns.
The TDOT contractor will close the outside lanes in both directions on the Hixson Pike bridge.
These lane closures will be in place until November 2017.
During the work, there may also be intermittent lane closures on SR-153 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.
TDOT says the estimated project completion date is May 2018.