The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced the closure of a section of Tyson Boulevard beginning December and gave an update on continued work near the Hunt Road Bridge.

Contracted crews have continued grading in the area the fall months and much of the Hunt Road interchange has been rough graded, including the new Southbound Alcoa Highway entry and exit ramps C and D, TDOT said in a statement.

Most of the new alignment of West Hunt Road, and the new detention pond located at the Tesla Boulevard intersection has also been graded.

A section of the new alignment of West Hunt Road new access for Flagship Drive and Tyson Centre has been paved. Crews continue to install utilities site-wide, including water line, gas line, AT&T conduit and overhead electric.

Utility installation will continue to require intermittent flagging operations along West Hunt Road which will result in some temporary lane closures. These closures will be in non-commute hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tyson Boulevard closure

A section of Tyson Boulevard from the Hunt Road intersection to the Flagship Drive intersection is scheduled to close beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3. This will be a long-term closure to allow the contractor to build a new Hunt Road/Tyson Boulevard intersection.

Closure will continue through the Summer of 2020, the statement said.

Traffic through the area will be rerouted along Flagship Drive to access Tyson Boulevard and the West Aviation Area and access from Alcoa Highway to Airport Hotel Drive will be kept open.

Construction of the new Hunt Road/Tyson Boulevard intersection is necessary for the maintenance of traffic during the construction of the Hunt Road Bridge.

The long-term schedule

Two bridges will be constructed in the current contract project: the new Hunt Road bridge and the Tyson Boulevard overpass bridge.

Contractors plan to begin bridge construction in the Summer of 2020, tentatively scheduled for June to November.

To construct the Hunt Road bridge, it will be necessary to close Hunt Road and remove the existing bridge.

This closure will be limited to six months, during which time both bridges will be constructed.

TODT said in the statement that it has worked diligently with contractors to accelerate the bridge construction and limit the impact of the closure on the driving public.

Outside of temporary nighttime closures, the statement emphasized, four lanes of traffic will be kept open on Alcoa Highway throughout the life of the project.

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