State officials are anticipating traffic snarls on highways and side streets this weekend as a major interchange on the south side of Nashville shuts down for bridge work.
Both I-440 and I-65 will be closed where they meet up in Berry Hill. The shutdown will run from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
Franklin Road will also be closed for the same time period between Berry Road and Woodmont Boulevard.
The shutdown is needed to begin widening the 440 bridge, which passes over I-65 and Franklin Road.
"Through the course of the weekend, we'll be setting over a million pounds — or right at a million pounds — of steel beams over the interstate," says project manager Clayton Markham. "They're going to have to lot of different workers, lot of different equipment moving around the site, to make sure that those beams are properly placed and secured."
The Tennessee Department of Transportation expects the closure to cause nearly unavoidable congestion on interstates and side streets.
Officials urge drivers to avoid the area, check conditions online using TDOT's traffic cameras and map out trips with smartphone apps.