Construction on the project began in September 2018. A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the re-opening of the roadway was held in July and the project achieved full completion in September.
“The I-440 project is a perfect example of the importance of investing in our infrastructure,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said during the grand opening event, according to TDOT. “This roadway is a vital part of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s transportation system, and it will now be capable of serving this community for decades to come.”
Due to COVID-19, the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the reconstructed highway was modified from traditional grand opening events, but Winkler and his team were still invited to participate.
“It was really a parade/caravan through the project limits,” Winkler said. “WSP personnel rode in several vehicles through the project while being escorted by TDOT HELP Trucks. Vendors and contractors were staged along the route to celebrate the achievements for all involved.”
COVID-19 has affected the anticipated impact this reconstruction project will have once traffic volume returns to normal levels. However, early feedback is that the smoother ride is greatly appreciated, as is the two additional lanes that have created improved free flow vehicle movement along the new stretch of highway.
Reflecting on the significance of this project Winkler, who was raised in Nashville, said he vividly remembers when the original I-440 highway was constructed.
“With my middle school and high school located just off 440, I watched daily as it was being built,” he recalled. “Having the opportunity to work on this project 30 years later was both exciting and nostalgic. This roadway is as much a part of my Nashville upbringing and heritage as anything else.”
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