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I-40/I-240 Interchange

Westbound main view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project. Westbound main view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project.
Westbound main view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project. Westbound main view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project.
Eastbound view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project. Eastbound view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project.
Eastbound view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project. Eastbound view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project.
Northbound view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project. Northbound view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project.
Northbound view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project. Northbound view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project.
Ramp view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project. Ramp view of I-40 BEFORE interchange improvement project.
Ramp view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project. Ramp view of I-40 AFTER interchange improvement project.
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Memphis I-40 240 logoWelcome to the I-40/I-240 Interchange Improvement Project site which will provide you with the stages and progress as the project develops.


The I-40/I-240 Interchange Improvement Project is the construction of a four-level interchange that will improve traffic flow for east and westbound traffic on Interstates 40 and 240.


Overview


Rapid growth on the east side of Memphis has caused significant traffic congestion and safety issues at the I-40/I-240 Interchange in recent years. As the communities surrounding I-40/I-240 continue to grow, the interchange is projected to handle more than 350,000 vehicles daily by 2035. The construction of new ramps and the widening of I-240 will improve traffic flow not only on Interstates 40 and 240, but also on nearby roads that feed into the interstate system.


Project Timeline

Once completed, the I-40/I-240 Interchange will be a four level interchange with the highest level towering more than 75 feet above Sam Cooper Boulevard.

  Start Date Fall 2013   End Date Summer 2017
 
  • Construct east and westbound flyover bridges
  • Widen I-240 northbound to I-40 eastbound ramp
  • Widen and reconstruct Sam Cooper Blvd.
  • Widen I-240 northbound toward Covington Pike
 
  • Replace I-40 bridge across Wolf River
  • Widen I-40 east and westbound
  • Final paving for entire project

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will this project take?
A: The project will be completed in two stages with the first stage being completed in fall 2015 and the second in summer 2017.
Q: Why is this project necessary?
A: Rapid growth on the east side of Memphis has led to traffic congestion and safety issues on the interchange. The completion of this project will alleviate congestion on the interchange and surrounding routes and improve safety for travellers.
Q: Will there be construction during peak travel times?
A: Yes. The project has an aggressive construction schedule that will have crews working during peak times, nights and weekends.
Q: Will there be any highway closures related to this project?
A: Although there will be various lane closures throughout the project, TDOT will not fully close any roads or highways as part of this project. Construction has been organized to focus contractor activity and minimize the length of construction zones. Drivers should not have to travel through more than one mile of construction before the lanes open up to traffic. For up-to-date closures and traffic updates follow TDOT on Twitter or visit the TDOT SmartWay webpage.

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Sam Cooper to Close for Two Weekends...Closure and Detours (pdf)


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Meetings (pdf)


FactSheet (pdf)

Images/Video/Animations of new interchange

December 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

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Tennessee 511

Nichole Lawrence
Community Relations Officer
(731) 935-0318 nichole.lawrence@tn.gov


Ian Engstrom
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
Project Engineer
(901) 260-9897
iengstrom@ssr-inc.com