TDOT officials review information to repair Interstate 40

Angie Mayes • Updated May 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Earlier this week during a rain shower, a car hydroplaned and caused a wreck near mile marker 230 on Interstate 40.

The stretch of highway has been a problem for more than a year with cars wrecking because of water that pools on the roadway.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation was first alerted to the problem in March, but various law enforcement agencies worked wrecks at that location since 2015. In June 2015, a car slid under a tanker truck at the mile market 226. Since January 2015, Mt. Juliet police has worked more than 30 wrecks in the area. Lebanon police have also worked a number of wrecks, as have the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

In April, TDOT hired a Franklin company to do a 3D scan using light detection and ranging equipment. The process scans the entire area and shows any possible defects in the roadway and surrounding areas.

After the process was complete, the information was given to TDOT to determine the problem and make plans to fix it.

“TDOT is working on plans to make adjustments using the LiDAR data that was just gathered,” said TDOT spokesman Kathryn Schulte. “We'd like to get the construction work done with some other work we have planned in the area at the end of May.”

In the meantime, Shulte reminded drivers to slow down in inclement weather and be aware of the stretch of I-40.

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