Tie-ups Continue At Interstate 55 And Third Street
(Memphis) Traveling on I-55 near Third Street, the construction is supposed to be finished.
But lane-closed signs still slow you down.
Those signs weren’t the only things drivers saw on the roadway Friday morning.
It would have been fine if it was a party, but flying pieces of paper like confetti on Interstate 55 at Third was something no one expected to see.
Turns out the flying paper was from First Tennessee Bank.
News Channel 3 alerted the bank and workers sent security to make sure nothing personal had been released.
Turns out the rainfall of paper was Marketing Material headed to the dump, no customer information.
Waste Management was supposed to take the papers to the trash but they ended up on the road.
It was just another thing to slow down the commute in an area already down to one lane Friday.
“If you try to avoid it you need to. It’s nothing you want to go through. If you want to go through Arkansas you need to try to take Lamar,” says Larry Roland of Downtown Memphis.
Last month, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said construction was done, new lanes and ramps were reinforced.
But no sooner than that, construction trucks were back at work.
TDOT says it still must finish the inside barrier walls, so lanes are closed intermittently.
But all construction should be finished by the first of the year.
Drivers caught in the gridlock are glad relief is on the way.
“Yes it can get very congested with all of the cars and everything. Plus I have a friend that lives off of Mallory and trying to get around there since they opened that little section back up, it’s a big help,” says Valerie Robinson of Hickory Hill.