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Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews on Tuesday will close a portion of Tucker Road at Spalding Drive for ongoing road work.

The work, which started in early 2020, is part of the 3.4-mile, $93 million Apison Pike widening and realignment project started in March 2020 to ease congestion in the fast-growing part of East Hamilton County.

Crews want to finish the section of work as quickly as possible, including utilities, the tie-in for Tucker Road, grading and drainage for the proposed State Route 317, according to agency spokesperson Rae-Anne Bradley. The closure will last about 10 months until the final alignment of Tucker Road and SR-317 are prepared for traffic, Bradley said in a news release Monday.

The closure and detour will be put in place between 9 a.m. and noon Tuesday, and the new pattern will mean detours for several months officials said.

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Motorists traveling to Apison Pike from Tucker Road should travel north on Tucker Road to Edgmon Road, turn right and travel east on Edgmon Road 0.6 miles to Tallant Road and then travel south 1.22 miles until arriving at Apison Pike.

Motorists traveling to Tucker Road from Apison Pike should turn onto Tallant Road and travel north 1.22 miles to Edgmon Road, turn left and travel west on Edgmon Road .6 miles, then turn left onto Tucker Road.

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TDOT said the detour will be facilitated by several road signs, traffic control devices and temporary message boards in both directions.

The work is weather-dependent. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay the work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible, officials said.

Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc. is the contractor on the project, slated for completion in summer 2025.

— Compiled by Ben Benton

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