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August 19, 2010

Flood damaged route 249 to close for repair

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A flood-damaged section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County known as Sams Creek Road will be closed for up to four months as TDOT crews remove and rebuild a portion of the road damaged during the May floods.  Heavy rains during the flood event saturated the ground underneath the pavement, causing a section of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. The closure begins August 23.

The road is a key connector between Pegram and Ashland City. During the closure, traffic will be detoured around the landslide area, which is located along State Route 249 between U.S. Highway 70 and Marshall Woodard Road.  Through traffic will be diverted to State Route 251 (River Road), then to U.S. Highway 70.  Local traffic will still be able to utilize a number of local roads located off State Route 249, including Marshall Woodard Road and Old Charlotte Pike.

Contract crews will remove an approximate 400-foot section of State Route 249, and will excavate up to 85 feet of material beneath the roadway surface.  Once the material is removed, it will be replaced by several tons of rock, a layer of geotextile fabric, base stone and new pavement. The repairs are expected to be complete by December, 2010.

“We understand this closure will be inconvenient for motorists who routinely travel State Route 249 through this area, but in order to ensure motorists’ safety we cannot have traffic running on the roadway while the excavation work is underway. We will work as quickly and safely as possible to rebuild and reopen the roadway.” — TDOT Region Three Director Winston Gaffron

For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at Travelers can also dial 5-1-1 from any land-line or cell phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information.

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