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Wolf River Bridge lanes expected to be open by Thanksgiving

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Wolf River Bridge is making big strides after workers say it’ll be open earlier than expected.

A large part of the project’s expected to be ready for drivers around Thanksgiving.

“Opening up this area of Memphis means a lot to our motorists around the Shelby County area," said Nichole Lawrence, a spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

TDOT announced on Tuesday, they’ll soon open the flyovers on the Wolf River Bridge.

This will take the area from six lanes to 13. Seven lanes will go eastbound and six will go westbound.

“It's going to give us so much capacity," said Michael Welch, director of operations for West Tennessee DOT. "We've been down to three lanes now for months and months and months.”

The project started last September and now workers say the layovers should open around Thanksgiving, along with the Sam Cooper Boulevard.

This will put them about 100 days ahead of schedule.

“We definitely feel their pain and we know the congestion has been really something to deal with," said Welch.

But this doesn’t mean the overall bridge will be finished.

They’ll still need to work on the Covington Pike area, pave and build some walls.

“We hope with all the punch-list items and all the smaller things that the whole project will be done in early spring, mid-spring next year,” said Lawrence.

Then, they said they’ll put the brakes on construction for a little bit and let drivers enjoy the fresh pavement.