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Final days of I-40 bridgework set for this weekend

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Traffic on Interstate 40 will be affected again Friday night through Sunday evening for what the Tennessee Department of Transportation hopes will be the final weekend of bridge repair work.

TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi says the three outside lanes of I-40 at the West Hills interchange (MM 381) will be closed in both directions as crews work on the bridge. 

Lane closures will begin on Friday at 8 p.m. and last until the completion of the repair, or 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Drivers should use extreme caution in the area and expect long delays while crews work. The bridgework impacted traffic across West Knoxville over the last few weekends, including Kingston and Middlebrook pikes. If you have to travel through Knoxville, you should consider taking Pellissippi Parkway to Alcoa Highway to bypass the bridgework.

Nagi says resurfacing work on I-40 will take place overnight on Sunday through Thursday through the first week of May as crews work to repair the surface of the roadway.

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