NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Transportation officials will briefly shut down a section of the interstate in Nashville with a view of the July 4 fireworks to prevent onlookers from putting themselves in danger.

A news release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation says traffic will be diverted from the eastern portion of the downtown loop to the western portion to avoid illegal pedestrian use of the highway, stopped vehicles and a slowdown of traffic.

Vehicles will not be allowed to enter Interstate 24 between Interstate 65 and Interstate 40 on Sunday from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Read the full press release below:

 

NASHVILLE –  Based on historical experience, officials have determined that it is necessary to divert traffic from the eastern portion of the downtown loop to the western portion to avoid the dangerous and illegal pedestrian usage of the interstate, vehicles stopping and parking on the interstate, and the inevitable slowdown of vehicle traffic during the fireworks display.

From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, no traffic will be allowed to enter I-24 between I-65 and I-40. Metro officers, TDOT, and THP troopers will create a traffic diversion of I-24 between the northern junction with I-65 and the southern junction with I-24. See their posts and the map below.

·       Post 1: I-65S & I-24E Junction (north side of loop exit 86)

·       Post 2: -I65N & I-24E Junction (north side of loop exit 86)

·       Post 3: I-40W & I-24W Junction (south side of loop exit 211)

·       Post 4: I-40E & I-24W Junction (south side of loop exit 211)

·       Post 5: Spring Street access ramps to I-24E

·       Post 6: Woodland Street access ramp to I-24W

·       Post 7: Interstate Drive access ramp to I-24E

·       Post 8: Shelby Street @ I-24W on ramps