Detours expected on the I-240/I-40 flyover Saturday and Sunday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Detours expected on the I-240/I-40 flyover Saturday and Sunday

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Many Memphis drivers already know the pains of the Interstate 40 and Interstate 240 flyover construction.

"For a few months, it's been a little hectic with the lanes and changing, but it's been OK," driver Glen Dotson said.

"I think they've done a real good job of handling the traffic the best they could," added Gerald Brewer. "It was quite an undertaking."

Drivers can see progress in the project and look forward to the new traffic flow it promises.

"It should prevent the traffic situation," Brewer said. "I think it will make a good sky lift when we have an ice storm."

However, drivers will have to wait a little longer for workers to finish the changes.

On Saturday and Sunday, TDOT is shutting down traffic between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Interstate 240 eastbound to Interstate 40 westbound.  Crews will reroute traffic to Whitten Road.

The closings will allow crews to work underneath the 75-foot-high eastbound flyover.

TDOT officials said the project is on schedule, if not ahead of schedule.  In fact, drivers could be using the new overpass in as few as four to six weeks from now.

The $109.3 million project is supposed to improve traffic flow in that area.  It will replace the I-40 bridge over Wolf River.

Once the flyover ramps are completed, crews will replace the Wolf River bridge.

Sam Cooper Boulevard construction will continue and one lane will be blocked off in each direction. 

"It feels great knowing all that congestion is gonna be over soon," said Dotson. "It will make it easy to get around."

The entire project will be completed in 2017, according to TDOT.

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