Interstate 40 in Tennessee

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Interstate 40 (I-40) traverses the entirety of the state of Tennessee from west to east, running from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas border to the northern base of the Great Smoky Mountains at the North Carolina border. The road connects Tennessee's three largest cities—Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville—and crosses all of Tennessee's physiographical provinces and Grand Divisions—the Mississippi Embayment and Gulf Coastal Plain in West Tennessee, the Highland Rim and Nashville Basin in Middle Tennessee, and the Cumberland Plateau, Appalachian Valley and Ridge Province, and Blue Ridge Province in East Tennessee. The Tennessee section of I-40 is 452 miles (727 km) long, the longest of any state on the route.

Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
I-40 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length452.00 mi (727.42 km)
Major junctions
West end I-40 at Arkansas state line
East end I-40 at North Carolina state line
CountiesShelby, Fayette, Haywood, Madison, Henderson, Carroll, Decatur, Benton, Humphreys, Hickman, Dickson, Williamson, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Smith, Putnam, Cumberland, Roane, Loudon, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke
Highway system
SR 39SR 40

Route descriptionEdit

West TennesseeEdit


The Hernando de Soto Bridge, where I-40 crosses the Mississippi River into Memphis

I-40 enters Tennessee via the six lane Hernando de Soto Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at river mile 736. Immediately within the city of Memphis, the interstate passes across the southern half of Mud Island before crossing the Wolf River Harbor into downtown Memphis. Throughout Memphis, the highway contains a minimum of six through lanes, except through major interchanges. Upon reaching Memphis, I-40 immediately has an interchange with U.S. Route 51 (US 51), and one mile (1.6 km) from the state line is an interchange with the western terminus of I-240, where I-40 abruptly turns north, following a route formerly designated as part of I-240. (For the next 10 miles [16 km], this segment is designated as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Expressway.) About one mile later, I-40 has an interchange with State Route 14 (SR 14, Jackson Avenue), and about two miles (3.2 km) beyond this point, the highway crosses the Wolf River again and has an interchange with the eastern terminus of SR 300, a controlled-access connector to US 51. At this interchange, the Interstate turns sharp east. Passing first near the neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh, about five miles (8.0 km) later, I-40 crosses the Wolf River for a third time as the highway turns southeast, and has an interchange with SR 14 again. Two miles later is an interchange with SR 204 (Covington Pike), and two miles (3.2 km) beyond this point, I-40 comes to a complicated interchange with US 64/US 70/US 79, I-240 southbound and Sam Cooper Boulevard eastbound, and turns sharp northeast, leaving Memphis. For the next several miles the highway is known as the Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway and is eight lanes, the left lanes functioning as HOV lanes during rush hour, passing through several major suburbs of Memphis, including Bartlett, Cordova, and Lakeland. At exit 18, which is US 64, the highway narrows to six lanes, and to four lanes a short distance beyond. Several miles later, near Arlington, at exit 24, is a cloverleaf interchange with I-269/SR 385.

Gulf coastal plainEdit

I-40 at the U.S. 45 Bypass interchange in Jackson

About one mile east of Arlington, I-40 enters Fayette County, and about another mile later crosses the Loosahatchie River and leaves the Memphis area, traversing through the Gulf Coastal Plain in a very flat and straight stretch of mostly farmland with some rural woodlands, bypassing most cities and communities. At exit 35 is an interchange with SR 59, which connects to Covington and Somerville. About 8 miles (13 km) later, I-40 enters Haywood County, and about 10 miles (16 km) later, the highway turns north and enters the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and crosses the Hatchie River. Upon exiting the refuge about 4 miles (6.4 km) later, I-40 turns east and passes just southeast of Brownsville, where it has an interchange first with SR 76, which also connects to Somerville. Eight miles later is an interchange with US 70, and 2 miles (3.2 km) later, I-40 enters Madison County. Entering Jackson, at mile marker 78, the interstate crosses the South Fork of the Forked Deer River. Passing through the northern half of the city, I-40 has a total of six exits in Jackson. First, at mile 79, is an interchange with US 412 (which connects to Alamo and Dyersburg), then about 1 mile (1.6 km) later an interchange with the US 45 Bypass. About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later is an interchange with US 45, which also connects to Humboldt and Milan, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) later is an interchange with US 70, which also connects to Huntingdon, and I-40 leaves Jackson at this point. From this point, I-40 continues east northeast through a sparsely populated area of farmland and woodlands, and about 7 miles (11 km) later enters Henderson County. About 15 miles (24 km) later, near the community of Parkers Crossroads, I-40 has an interchange with SR 22, a major north-south connector route in west Tennessee, which, at this interchange, is signed as a connector to Lexington and Huntington. A few miles later, I-40 crosses the Big Sandy River before proceeding through the northern half of the Natchez Trace State Park, and around milepost 120 enters Decatur County. About 6 miles (9.7 km) later is an interchange with US 641/SR 69, another major north-south corridor, which at this point connects to Camden and Decaturville. I-40 then enters Benton County, and about 6 miles (9.7 km) later, descends about 400 feet (120 m) on a steep grade over the course of a mile, the westbound lanes gaining a truck climbing lane, before crossing the Tennessee River into Middle Tennessee on the 12 mile (0.80 km) Jimmy Mann Evans Memorial Bridge. This river crossing is also located within the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

Middle TennesseeEdit

Western highland rimEdit

Upon crossing the Tennessee River into Humphreys County, I-40 traverses through mostly vast woodlands in the rugged hills of the Western Highland Rim for a considerable distance. This section is characterized by several noticeable upgrades and downgrades, with mostly minor curves. About 8 miles (13 km) beyond the Tennessee River is an interchange with SR 13, which connects to Linden and Waverly. About 5 miles (8.0 km) later, I-40 crosses into Hickman County and has an interchange with SR 50, which connects to Centerville. I-40 then crosses the Duck River, traveling through mostly wooded areas characterized by further rugged terrain, and at mile 163 is an interchange with SR 48, the first exit for Dickson. I-40 then enters Dickson County, and shortly beyond this point crosses the Piney River. About 6 miles (9.7 km) is an interchange with SR 46, the second Dickson exit which also connects to Centerville and Columbia. Approaching the urban parts of the Nashville metropolitan area, 4 miles (6.4 km) later is the western terminus of Interstate 840, the outer southern beltway around Nashville. The highway continues through mostly woodlands and rugged terrain, and crossing into Williamson County, I-40 briefly enters a steep ascent, gaining a truck climbing lane on the eastbound side, and 6 miles (9.7 km) beyond I-840 has an interchange with SR 96, which connects to the Nashville suburbs of Fairview and Franklin. A few miles later, I-40 enters Cheatham County, and descends into the Nashville Basin between mile markers 186 and 188, and still in a predominantly rural area, has an interchange with SR 248 in Kingston Springs. I-40 the crosses the Harpeth River twice over a distance of about 1 mile (1.6 km).


Destination sign for exit 209/209A/209B in Nashville

Around milepost 191, I-40 enters Davidson County, and a few miles later crosses the Harpeth River for a third time. About a mile later, near Bellevue, I-40 widens to six lanes, entering the urban outskirts of Nashville, and has an interchange with US 70S. Three miles later is an exit with SR 251 (Old Hickory Boulevard), and 2 miles (3.2 km) later is an interchange with US 70. Widening to eight lanes, three miles later is an interchange with SR 155 (Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road), including the western terminus of the northern controlled-access beltway around Nashville. About two miles later is the western terminus of I-440, the southern loop around central Nashville. Two miles later, I-40 enters Downtown Nashville, and begins a brief concurrency with I-65, turning southeast. As part of the route around downtown Nashville known locally as the Downtown Loop, the two concurrent routs have interchanges with US 70 (Charlotte Avenue) and US 70S/431 (Broadway), as well as two surface streets, Church Street and Demonbreun Street. About two miles later the two concurrent routes turn east northeast, and I-65 splits off and heads south. Briefly on its own for about 1 mile (1.6 km), I-40 crosses a long viaduct, and has an interchange with US 31A/41A (4th Avenue, 2nd Avenue), before beginning a brief concurrency with I-24 and turning southeast. About 2 miles (3.2 km) later, I-24 splits off, and I-40 turns east. The eastern terminus of I-440 is also directly accessible from the east bound lanes of I-40 at this interchange, and US 41, which crosses I-24 before this interchange, is also directly accessible from I-40 at this interchange.

I-40 near Mount Juliet, east of Nashville

About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later, I-40 has an interchange with SR 155 (Briley Parkway) near the Nashville International Airport, and about a mile later, the eastbound lanes have a direct access partial-y exit to a surface road to the airport. The westbound lanes of I-40 are only accessible from this interchange. Less than a half mile later is an exit with SR 255 (Donelson Pike), and beginning here, the left lanes of I-40 function as HOV lanes during rush hour. Passing near J. Percy Priest Dam, I-40 has an interchange with Stewarts Ferry Pike, then crosses the Stones River, and has an interchange with SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard). Also at this interchange is a separate partial y interchange which provides access to SR 45 via a bypass which junctions with SR 45 about 34 mile (1.2 km) north of I-40. This bypass is only accessible via the eastbound lanes of I-40, and the westbound lanes are only accessible from it. About 3 miles (4.8 km) later, I-40 enters Wilson County, and few miles later has an interchange with SR 171 near the Nashville suburb of Mount Juliet. Six miles later is an interchange with SR 109, which connects to Gallatin. About 3 miles (4.8 km) later and about 25 miles (40 km) east of Nashville, the route narrows back to four lanes and has an interchange with the eastern terminus of I-840 a few miles east of Lebanon. I-40 the enters Lebanon and has interchanges with US 231 and US 70.

Eastern Highland Rim and Cumberland PlateauEdit

For the next roughly 50 miles (80 km), I-40 continues across mostly open farmland, passing near mostly small communities. About 10 miles (16 km) east of Lebanon, I-40 enters Smith County, and less than 12 mile (0.80 km) later I-40 begins a steep ascent where the eastbound lanes gain a truck climbing lane. This lane terminates about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) later, and about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) beyond this point is an interchange with SR 53 near Carthage and Gordonsville. Between mileposts 263 and 266, I-40 crosses the meandering Caney Fork River five times before crossing into Putnam County and beginning its ascent out of the Eastern Highland Rim onto the Cumberland Plateau. At milepost 268, I-40 has an interchange once again with SR 96, and a few miles later reaches an elevation of 1,000 feet (300 m) for the first time in the state near Silver Point, and beginning at the edge of the table-top rim at mile marker 272 near Baxter, the interstate remains relatively flat across the plateau. I-40 then immediately has an interchange with SR 56 southbound/SR 141, which connect to Smithville and McMinnville. Beginning a concurrency with SR 56 at this point, the latter route splits off 7 miles (11 km) later, heading north towards Gainesboro. Reaching Cookeville about 5 miles (8.0 km) later, I-40 has a total of five interchanges, including with SR 111, a major north-south connector to Chattanooga, and US 70N. Beginning a few miles beyond this point, I-40 begins another steep uphill ascent, protracted over a distance of about 5 miles (8.0 km), reaching an elevation of nearly 2,000 feet (610 m). Through this section, the speed limit reduces to 65 mph, and 55 mph for trucks on the westbound descent. Continuing through a predominantly wooded area, continues for about 10 miles (16 km) through a predominantly wooded area, before reaching Monterey a few miles later, where the route has two interchanges with US 70N, which contain concurrencies with SR 84 and SR 62, respectively. A short distance later, I-40 reaches an elevation of over 2,000 feet (610 m) for the first time in Tennessee, before crossing into Cumberland County and East Tennessee about 14 mile (0.40 km).

East TennesseeEdit

Cumberland Plateau and Tennessee ValleyEdit

I-40 descending Walden Ridge, miles 341–346

After ascending further up into the Walden Ridge/Cumberland Plateau and passing through Monterey, I-40 remains relatively flat and straight as it continues across the Cumberland Plateau. At mile 308, I-40 crosses the Tennessee Divide, where the Cumberland and Tennessee River watersheds meet. The divide is marked in the eastbound lanes with a sign reading "Entering Emory River watershed." In the westbound counterparts is a sign noting the beginning of the Caney Fork watershed. About ten miles later, I-40 reaches Crossville, and has three interchanges, including one with US 127, which also conbects to Jamestown. East of Crossville, the Crab Orchard Mountains, the southern fringe of the Cumberland Mountains, come into view as the road descends several hundred feet. At mile 329, the interstate enters Crab Orchard Gap and proceeds through a narrow valley once prone to rockslides. About 3 miles (4.8 km) later, I-40 has an interchange with US 70 near the town of Crab Orchard. Beyond this point, the Interstate descends into a short depression before crossing into Roane County and mile 340, entering the Eastern Time Zone. Shortly thereafter the road begins its descent of the Cumberland Plateau into the Tennessee Valley and the speed limit drops to 60 mph in the eastbound lanes. I-40 hugs the slopes of the plateau's Walden Ridge escarpment for several miles, containing what some describe as dramatic views of the Tennessee Valley below to the south, before reaching the base of the plateau at mile 347 between Harriman and Rockwood, and containing an interchange with US 27. As it enters the Ridge-and-Valley province of the Appalachians, of which the Tennessee Valley is a part, I-40 crosses a series of ridges and valleys characteristic of the region's topography. About 4 miles (6.4 km) later is an interchange with SR 29, and about 1 mile (1.6 km) later, the road crosses the Clinch River, with the Kingston Fossil Plant and its 1,000-foot (300 m) twin smokestacks dominating the view to the north. About 1 mile (1.6 km) later is an interchange with SR 58 southbound in Kingston, and at this point, I-40 begins a brief concurrency with SR 58. After ascending a short and relatively steep ridge out of the Clinch River Valley, SR 58 splits off to the north about 4 miles (6.4 km) later, heading towards Oak Ridge. Continuing through the relatively rugged terrain of the Great Appalachian Valley and crossing additional ridges, I-40 crosses into Loudon County about 7 miles (11 km) later and has an interchange with US 321/SR 95 near Lenoir city, before reaching I-75 about 4 miles (6.4 km) later.


I-40 concurrent with I-75 in Knoxville

At exit 368, about 20 miles west southwest of downtown Knoxville, I-40 merges with I-75, which continues to the southwest to Chattanooga, and the two routes turn east northeast, carrying six through lanes, and cross into Knox County a short distance later. Throughout this concurrency, exits are numbered according to I-40 mileage. The two highways pass through several of the western suburbs of Knoxville, including Farragut, and have interchanges with a few surface streets. At exit 374 (SR 131/Lovell Road), the highway widens to eight lanes and at the next exit, about 1.25 miles (2.01 km) later, is an interchange with the Pellissippi Parkway (SR 162 westbound, I-140 eastbound), which connects to Oak Ridge and Maryville, respectively. Continuing through western Knoxville, the two routes have interchanges with additional surface streets, before reaching an interchange with US 11/70 4 miles (6.4 km) later near the West Hills neighborhood. Two miles later is an interchange with SR 332 (Northshore Drive), and the separate Papermill Drive and Weisgarber Road. This segment of I-40 and I-75 is the most heavily traveled section of highway in Tennessee, with an annual average daily traffic (AADT) volume of more than 210,000 vehicles. Two miles later, at exit 385, is an interchange with the western terminus of I-640, a beltway which passes northwest of downtown Knoxville. Also at this exit, I-75 splits off from I-40 onto a concurrency with I-640, splitting off a few miles later and heading towards Lexington, Kentucky. The route then enters downtown Knoxville, containing a minimum of six through lanes through the entirety of central Knoxville, as well as several short segments of auxiliary lanes between exits. Passing near the main campus of the University of Tennessee, as well as several residential neighborhoods, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) past I-640 is an interchange with US 129, which connects to McGhee Tyson Airport and is a route to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One mile later is an interchange with SR 62 (Western Avenue), and a mile beyond this point is an interchange with I-275. About 14 mile (0.40 km) later, in a complicated interchange, I-40 has an interchange with US 441 south (Henley Street), and begins a brief concurrency with this route, which splits off about 12 mile (0.80 km) later, along with SR 158 westbound, as controlled-access James White Parkway. I-40 then curves sharp north, and about 12 mile (0.80 km) later, sharp east again before coming to an interchange with a connector road to US 441. I-40 then crosses a long viaduct, and has an interchange with a surface street before reaching an interchange with US 11W (Rutledge Pike). The highway then enters a predominantly residential area, passing next to the Knoxville Zoo, before coming to an interchange with the eastern terminus of I-640 and leaving Knoxville less than 1 mile (1.6 km) later. Also at this interchange, I-40 begins a brief (unsigned) concurrency with US 25W, which splits off a little over 1 mile (1.6 km) later at an interchange with US 11E/70 (Asheville Highway). Leaving Knoxville, I-40 crosses the Holston River about 2 miles (3.2 km) later.[1]

Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River gorgeEdit

I-40 near mile 441, with Mount Cammerer rising in the distance

Continuing east as a six-lane highway, I-40 travels through a semi-rural residential area before crossing into Sevier County. A few miles later, at exit 407, near Sevierville, I-40 has an interchange with the northern terminus of the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway (SR 66). This interchange is the primary means of access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the tourist attractions in the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and, as a result, is reportedly one of the busiest and most congested non-interstate exits in the state. A few miles later, I-40 crosses into Jefferson County, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) later is an interchange with US25W/70 in Dandridge. Two miles later is an interchange with SR 92, also in Dandridge. Four miles later, at exit 421 is the interchange with the southern terminus of I-81, which runs into Northeast Tennessee to the so called "Tri-Cities" of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City. At this interchange, I-40 reduces back to four lanes and turns sharp southeast, crossing the Douglas Dam impoundment of the French Broad River about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) later, as well as into Cocke County. About 6 miles (9.7 km) later is an interchange with US 411/70S/25 near Newport. Traveling along the northern base of English Mountain for a few miles, I-40 has an interchange with US 321 three miles later. About 5 miles (8.0 km) later the road has an interchange with SR 73 near Cosby, and turns south through the gap between English Mountain and Stone Mountain, revealing a dramatic view of the 4,928-foot (1,502 m) Mount Cammerer at the northeastern end of the Great Smokies range. Also at this point, I-40 enters the Cherokee National Forest and proceeds into the Pigeon River Gorge through the Blue Ridge Mountains, closely following the north bank of the river. This section is extremely curvy and the speed limit reduces to 55 mph due to its susceptibility to accidents. This stretch is also prone to rockslides, and contains mesh nets along some of the cliff slopes as preventative measures. A few miles later I-40 crosses the Pigeon River and has an interchange with the Foothills Parkway, before crossing the pigeon river again about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) later and curving sharply to the east. A bout 2 miles (3.2 km) later, the route curves to the south again near the unincorporated community of Hartford before entering North Carolina about 4 miles (6.4 km) later.

Music HighwayEdit

Music highway sign at an I-40 rest area in Benton County honoring country singers Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams

The term Music Highway refers to the section of I-40 between Memphis and Nashville. I-40 was designated as such by an act of the Tennessee Legislature in 1997 "from the eastern boundary of Davidson County to the Mississippi River in Shelby County," a distance of about 222 miles (357 km). I-40 is designated as such because of the rich music history in Memphis, Nashville, and the areas in between. Memphis is known as "the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock and Roll." Nashville is known as "Music City USA" for its influence on numerous types of music, especially country. Several cities and towns between the two, such as Jackson, Brownsville, Nutbush, Waverly and others were birthplaces or homes of numerous singers and songwriters. Signs that display the words "Music Highway" along with music notes are erected in both directions along I-40, especially at the borders of Shelby and Davidson counties. In addition, the rest areas along this stretch are each named for musicians or bands associated with areas along this stretch of I-40.[2]


Construction and early historyEdit

The Tennessee leg of I-40 was part of the original 1,047.6 miles (1,685.9 km) of Interstate Highways authorized for Tennessee by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.[3] The first completed segment of Interstate 40 in Tennessee was the approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) segment between Unaka Street and Gay Street in Knoxville, which was grandfathered into the interstate system.[4] Known initially as the Magnolia Avenue Expressway and later renamed the Frank Regas Expressway, the first segment, between Unaka Street and Tulip Avenue, was completed in November 1952,[5] and the second segment, located between Tulip Avenue and Gay Street, was completed on December 10, 1955.[6] This was the first freeway constructed in Tennessee, and contained a cloverleaf interchange, named for the late Grace Moore, which was later used as the interchange with I-75 (now I-275) and US 441.[4] The first initial segment of I-40 in Tennessee, located between Nonconnah Creek and Hindman Ferry Road in Memphis (originally I-240), was contracted on February 14, 1956, and on March 4, 1956, a design contract was awarded for the first section in Davidson County. Within a year contracts had been awarded for sections in Davidson, Knox, Roane, Haywood, Madison, Jefferson, and Cocke counties. By 1958, sections in Loudon, Smith, Putnam, Cumberland, Humphreys, Hickman, and Sevier counties had been contracted. In 1960 additional contracts were awarded for design and construction of segments in Wilson, Dickson, Williamson, Henderson, Benton, and Haywood counties.[7]

On October 19, 1961, the bridge over the Clinch River near Kingston was dedicated and opened to traffic.[8] The 21.5 miles (34.6 km) section between US 70 east of Brownsville and US 70 in Jackson, referred to at the time as the "Jackson Bypass," was dedicated and opened to traffic on December 1, 1961.[9] On December 2, 1961 the approximately 31 miles (50 km) segment of I-40 between the Clinch River Bridge in Kingston and Papermill Drive in Knoxville was opened to traffic.[10] The first section of I-40 in Middle Tennessee to be completed was the 14.5 miles (23.3 km) stretch between SR 96 in Williamson County and US 70S in Bellevue, opened on November 4, 1962.[11] The 5 miles (8.0 km) segment between US 70S and US 70 (Charlotte Pike) in west Nashville was opened on November 15, 1962.[11] In late 1962, the 7.4 miles (11.9 km) section between SR 113 near Dandridge and US 411/US 25W/ US 70 in Newport was completed. The 16.5 miles (26.6 km) segment between SR 56 near Silver Point and US 70N in Cookeville was completed in December 1962.[12] The 31 miles (50 km) segment between SR 59 near Braden and US 70 east of Brownsville was dedicated and opened to traffic on December 17, 1963.[13] That same month the 15 miles (24 km) segment between SR 53 in Gordonsville and SR 56 near Silver Point was completed.[12] On December 4, 1964, two separate sections, the approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km) portion between US 27 in Harriman and the Clinch River Bridge in Kingston, and a 1.8 miles (2.9 km) section located in downtown Knoxville were opened.[14] On December 14, 1964, two separate sections; the 23 miles (37 km) section between I-240 in East Memphis and SR 59 in Braden and the 21 miles (34 km) section between US 70 in Jackson and SR 22 in Henderson County were dedicated and opened.[15]

Work began on the approximately 12 mile (0.80 km) bridge over the Tennessee River on November 29, 1962, and was completed on July 21, 1965.[16] On August 26, 1965, the 19 miles (31 km) stretch between SR 45 in eastern Nashville and US 70 in Lebanon was dedicated and opened to traffic.[17] The 10.5 miles (16.9 km) segment between SR 13 in Humphreys County and SR 230 in Hickman County, including the bridge over the Duck River, was completed on November 24, 1965.[16] In December 1965, three segments were completed. These were the 19 miles (31 km) stretch between US 70 in Lebanon and SR 53 in Gordonsville, the 8.4 miles (13.5 km) segment between the Tennessee River and SR 13 in Humphreys County, and the 3.3 miles (5.3 km) segment between US 411/US 25W/US 70 and US 321 in Cocke County.[18] On July 24, 1966, I-40 was completed between Memphis and Nashville, with the dedication of the 64 miles (103 km) segment between SR 22 in Henderson County and SR 46 near Dickson.[19] This was the first segment completed between two major cities in Tennessee.[20]

In late 1966, the 8.8 miles (14.2 km) segment between US 25W/70 and SR 113 in Jefferson County was completed.[21] The 16.2 miles (26.1 km) segment between US 70N in Monterey and US 127 in Crossville was opened to traffic on December 1, 1967.[22] The 11.7 miles (18.8 km) long segment between US 127 in Crossville and US 70 in Crab Orchard was opened to traffic on September 12, 1968.[23] On September 26, 1969, the 9.2 miles (14.8 km) section between US 70 in Crab Orchard and SR 299 near Westel Springs was opened to traffic.[24] The section along the Pigeon River Gorge in Cocke County, as well as into North Carolina, was initially believed by many to be impossible to construct. Construction of this segment was one of the most difficult and laborious highway construction projects in the nation, requiring thousands of tons of earth and rock to be moved.[25] It was also one of the most expensive highway construction projects per mile, at a cost of $19 million.[26][27] Work began on this segment in 1961,[27] and the 37 miles (60 km) segment between US 321/SR 32 in Newport and US 276 in Haywood County, North Carolina was jointly opened to traffic on October 24, 1968 by both states in a dedication ceremony.[28]

The approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) segment between 46th Avenue in West Nashville and the interchange with I-65 in North Nashville opened to traffic on March 15, 1971.[29] Work on the final segment between Memphis and Knoxville, the 5.4 miles (8.7 km) segment between the interchange with I-65 in North Nashville and the split with I-24 southeast of downtown Nashville, began in May 1969 and was opened to traffic on March 3, 1972, completing the entirety of I-40 between Memphis and SR 299 near Rockwood.[30] The last segment of the original planned route of I-40 in West Tennessee to be completed was the Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis, which broke ground in May 1967, and was opened to traffic on August 2, 1973. The bridge was officially dedicated in a cermony by both states on August 17, 1973.[31] The 9.2 miles (14.8 km) segment between SR 299 and US 27 near Harriman and Rockwood, including the descent up Walden Ridge, was opened to traffic on August 19, 1974 after years of delays due to geological difficulties, opening the entirety of the route between Memphis and Knoxville.[32] Work started on this section in 1966.[33] The final segment of the planned route of I-40 in Tennessee, the 21.5 miles (34.6 km) stretch located between US 11E/25W/70 (Asheville Highway) east of Knoxville and US 25W/70 in Dandridge, was dedicated and opened to traffic on December 20, 1974[34] and completed on September 12, 1975.[35] This segment was constructed with six lanes, making it one of the first rural six lane sections of interstate in the country,[35] and was opened on the same day that the last section of I-75 and I-81 in Tennessee were opened.[36]


1955 Yellow Book Map showing plans for interstates in Memphis. I-40 (center) was originally planned to pass through Overton Park, but was never built, due to citizen opposition.

In Memphis, I-40 was originally slated to pass through the city's Overton Park, a 342-acre (138 ha) public park. This location was announced in 1955 and subsequently approved by the Bureau of Public Roads, the predecessor to the Federal Highway Administration, the following year.[37] The park consists of a wooded refuge, as well as the Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, a 9-hole golf course, an amphitheater that was the site of Elvis Presley's first paid concert in 1954, and other features. When the state announced plans to route I-40 through Overton Park, a group of local citizens, spearheaded by a group of elderly women dubbed the "little old ladies in Tennis shoes" by multiple media outlets, began a campaign to stop this construction. The organizers first collected over 10,000 signatures in their support, and founded the organization Citizens to Preserve Overton Park in 1957.[38] The movement was also backed by environmentalists, who feared that the interstate's construction would upset the park's fragile ecological balance, as the wooded area had become an important stopover for migratory birds.[39]

The organization waged a 12-year legal battle to prevent highway construction in the park, culminating in the 1971 United States Supreme Court decision, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the District Court for further review, and it ruled that the highway commission had not adequately explored alternative routes.[40] For many years after this case, the state continued to explore options to route I-40 through Overton Park, including tunneling under the park or constructing the highway below grade.[37] On January 26, 1981, the highway commission abandoned plans to route I-40 through Overton Park, and instead redesignated the northern portion of I-240 as I-40.[38]

Several miles of a controlled-access road were actually built within the I-240 loop east of the park; this portion of highway still exists and is in regular use as Sam Cooper Boulevard, reaching the eastern end of Chickasaw Country Club and the Binghampton neighborhood, and then East Parkway. For over 20 years, I-40 signage existed on this segment.[39] In addition, right of way was acquired west of the park, and many structures demolished to make way for the interstate. Most of these empty lots have since been built over.

In western Nashville, I-40 passes through the Jefferson Street neighborhood, a predominantly African American neighborhood, which contains three historically Black colleges and was a major location for the Nashville sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement.[41] This section was originally slated to pass near Vanderbilt University until the mid 1960s.[42] When this section was still in the planning phase, many residents opposed the routing, believing that it would divide their community from the rest of the city and lead to economic decline of the neighborhood. Some also believed that the routing was an act of racial discrimination. In October of 1967, several residents of Jefferson Street, organized as the I-40 Steering Committee, began legal action against the state in an effort to get them to reroute I-40. The Davidson County General Sessions Court ruled against the organization, arguing that there was no alternate route for the interstate and that the residents were exaggerating the effect of the damage that I-40 would have. The I-40 Steering Committee appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled unanimously against the organization on January 29, 1968, but did agree that the methods the state used to notify residents about the project were unsatisfactory.[43] The committee appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. The construction of I-40 through Jefferson Street ultimately resulted in many Black residents being displaced to the Bordeaux area in North Nashville, and led to an economic decline of the neighborhood that residents had predicted.[44]

Later developments and improvementsEdit

Since its initial completion, much of I-40 in Tennessee has been reconstructed or widened.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, multiple projects on I-40 in the Knoxville area were conducted in preparation for the 1982 World's Fair. Beginning in late 1978, the segment between SR 332 and Gay Street was modified in a project that eliminated the interchanges with 17th Street, Western Avenue, and Gay Street, widened the segment to a minimum of three through lanes in each direction, added frontage roads, and reconstructed the cloverleaf interchange with I-75 into a stack interchange with flyover ramps.[45] This project was completed on March 31, 1982.[46] At the same time, the concurrent part of I-75 on this segment was rerouted around I-640, and the short segment of I-75 north of this segment became I-275.[45] The concurrent segment with I-75 between the interchange near Lenoir City and Papermill Road was also widened to six lanes at the same time.

The first HOV lanes on I-40 in Tennessee were opened to traffic on November 14, 1996 with the completion of a project that widened the 7 miles (11 km) section between Old Hickory Boulevard in East Nashville and SR 171 in Mt. Juliet from four and six to eight lanes.[47] These were the second set of HOV lanes constructed in Tennessee.[48] This project, which began in early 1995, was also the first in Tennessee to be constructed with split Jersey barriers in the median every few miles to allow police to enforce the HOV lanes from the median.[49] A project which widened I-40 from four to eight lanes from I-240 in Memphis was completed in September 1997. This project added the first HOV lanes in Memphis.

Reconstruction of the interchange with the western terminus of I-240 and Sam Cooper Boulevard in eastern Memphis, which was necessitated by the fact that the interchange had been constructed in anticipation of I-40 continuing onto the present Sam Cooper Boulevard and the single lane ramps carrying I-40 traffic through the interchange were inadequate to handle the traffic load, was accomplished in two separate projects.[50] The first project, which began in January 2001 and was completed in October 2003, constructed a new two-lane flyover ramp from I-40 westbound to I-240 westbound, replacing a single-lane loop ramp, and widened I-240 south of the interchange. Also in this project, I-40 directly north of the interchange was reconstructed in preparation for the second project and the interchanges with Summer Avenue and White Station Road were modified. The second project was initially slated to begin in January 2004,[50] but was delayed until October 2013 due to funding and redesign.[51] It included the construction of a two-lane flyover that carries I-40 eastbound traffic through the interchange. This flyover replaced a one-lane ramp with a slow design speed that had been the site of several accidents over the years. The single-lane ramp carrying I-40 westbound traffic through the interchange was replaced with a two-lane flyover that connected to the flyover constructed in the first project, and the former ramp was rerouted to become the exit ramp for the Summer Avenue exit. The ramp connecting I-240 eastbound to I-40 eastbound was also widened to three lanes. Additional aspects of this project included the widening of I-40 between the interchange and Covington Pike, which required the replacement of the Wolf River Bridge with a 14-lane bridge, widening of I-240, addition of through lanes on Sam Cooper Boulevard, and reconfiguration of the Covington Pike interchange.[52] The project cost $109 million, which was at the time the highest bid project in TDOT history,[51] and was completed on December 15, 2016.[53]

The interchange with the eastern terminus of I-240 near downtown Memphis was reconstructed between 2003 and 2006. This project included converting the interchange into a T-interchange, and the demolition of several unused ramps and bridges that had been constructed with the intent of I-40 continuing directly east of this interchange prior to the Overton Park controversy.[54]

Between May 1, 2008 and June 12, 2009, a section of I-40 through downtown Knoxville between James White Parkway and Hall of Fame Drive was completely closed to all traffic for reconstruction.[55] Through traffic was required to use I-640 or surface streets. The four-lane section, which was quite substandard, congested, and accident-prone, was widened to six lanes to improve traffic flow and safety in a project known as "SmartFix 40." Several interchanges along that stretch were also reconstructed.[56]

TDOT officially announced the I-40/I-81 Corridor Feasibility Study on July 27, 2007.[57] The intent of this study is to assess deficiencies along I-40 and I-81 in Tennessee and to develop upgrade proposals for the existing corridor.[58] This study was completed in 2008.

A project to widen I-40 to eight lanes from east of SR 171 to east of SR 109 in Lebanon began in July 2012.[59] Initially expected to be completed in December 2013, the project was delayed by more than six months due to inclement weather.[60] A project to widen I-40 between SR 109 and I-840 in Lebanon began in April 2019.[61] This followed a project several miles east in Smith County, which widened the eastbound side to three lanes over a three-mile stretch and added more shoulder space. This was done to help relieve congestion caused by large trucks ascending a hill into the New Middleton community.[62]

On January 18, 2008, the Federal Highway Administration authorized the states of Mississippi and Tennessee to extend I-69 from the I-40/SR 300 interchange in north Memphis to the I-55/I-69 interchange in Hernando, Mississippi; however, Tennessee has not yet signed the extension of the route, although Mississippi has already done so.[63]

Geological difficultiesEdit

The rugged terrain of East Tennessee presented numerous challenges for I-40 construction crews and engineers. Rockslides, especially along the eastern Cumberland Plateau and in the Pigeon River Gorge, have been a persistent problem since the road's construction.

Crab OrchardEdit

In December 1986, a truck driver was killed when his truck skidded across some rocks that had spilled across the road just east of Crab Orchard between miles 331 and 333. In response, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) flattened the cutslopes along this stretch of Interstate and moved the road 60 feet (18 m) away from the problematic cliffside.[64]

Twenty rockslides occurred along the Walden Ridge section, miles 341–346, of the eastern plateau in 1968 alone, prompting various remedial measures throughout the 1970s, including the employment of rock buttresses, gabion walls,[clarification needed] and horizontal drains. A minor rockslide shut down the right lane of westbound I-40 at mile 343 on May 6, 2013.[65]

Pigeon River GorgeEdit

An area very prone to rockslides is the Pigeon River Gorge, especially in the vicinity of the Tennessee–North Carolina state line. Throughout the 1970s, this stretch of I-40 was repeatedly shut down by rockslides, sometimes for several weeks at a time. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, TDOT dug over 24,000 feet (7,300 m) of horizontal drains, blasted out large volumes of unstable rocks, and installed massive mesh catchment fences.[64] Nevertheless, rockslides in 1985 and 1997 again forced the closure of I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge for several weeks.[66] Additional stabilization measures were implemented, including the blasting of loose rock, the installation of rock bolts, and the construction of a better drainage system.[67] In spite of these measures, another massive rock slide occurred in the Pigeon River Gorge on October 26, 2009, blocking all lanes just across the border at North Carolina mile 3. The section was closed to traffic in both directions until April 25, 2010.[68] On January 31, 2012, the westbound lanes of I-40 were closed because of a rockslide near the North Carolina border. Traffic was detoured along I-26 and I-81 and reopened a few months later.[69]


Sinkholes are a consistent issue along highways in East Tennessee. One particularly problematic stretch is a section of I-40 between miles 365 and 367 in Loudon County, which is underlain by cavernous rock strata. In the 1970s and 1980s, TDOT employed numerous stabilization measures in this area, including backfilling existing sinkholes with limestone, collapsing potential sinkholes, and paving roadside ditches to prevent surface water from seeping into the volatile soil.[64]

Exit listEdit

Mississippi River0.000.00  I-40 west – Little RockContinuation into Arkansas
Hernando de Soto Bridge
ShelbyMemphis0.911.461Riverside Drive / Front Street – Downtown MemphisWestern end of Music Highway designation
1.151.851A2nd Street / 3rd Street (SR 3 / SR 14)Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.602.571B  US 51 (Danny Thomas Boulevard, SR 1)Signed as exits 1C (south) and 1D (north) westbound
2.684.311E  I-240 south / Madison Avenue – Jackson Miss.Western end of future I-69 overlap; I-240 exit 31
3.195.131F  SR 14 (Jackson Avenue)Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2Chelsea Avenue / Smith Avenue
5.488.822A  To US 51 (SR 3) – MillingtonAccess via SR 300 west; eastern end of future I-69 overlap
5.929.533Watkins Street
7.7412.465Hollywood Street
8.8314.216Warford Street
10.5616.998  SR 14 (Jackson Avenue / Austin Peay Highway)Signed as exits 8A (north) and 8B (south) westbound
12.7820.5710  SR 204 (Covington Pike)
13.5821.8512A    US 64 / US 70 / US 79 (Summer Avenue, SR 1) / White Station RoadEastbound exit only; westbound access via exit 12B
14.2322.9012C  I-240 west – Jackson, Miss.Westbound exit is signed Sam Cooper Blvd. exit 10A; eastbound left exit 12C is posted as "  I-40 east – Nashville"
14.4223.2112BSam Cooper BoulevardWestbound left exit and eastbound left entrance
15.9325.6412Sycamore View Road – Bartlett
17.5128.1814Whitten Road
19.0130.5915Appling RoadSigned as exits 15A (south) and 15B (north) eastbound
20.3432.7316  SR 177 – GermantownSigned as exits 16A (south) and 16B (north) westbound
MemphisBartlett line21.6434.8318  US 64 (SR 15) – Somerville, Bolivar, Bartlett
Lakeland24.0538.7020Canada Road – Lakeland
Arlington28.1245.2524   I-269 south / SR 385 north – Millington, ColliervilleSigned as exits 24A (south) and 24B (north); I-269 exit 19
28.9146.5325  SR 205 – Arlington, Collierville
Fayette28  SR 196 – Gallaway, Oakland
32.6252.5035  SR 59 – Covington, Somerville
39.1362.9742  SR 222 – Stanton, Somerville
Haywood45.9173.8847  SR 179 (Stanton-Dancyville Road)
51.2182.4152   SR 179 / SR 76 – Whiteville
Brownsville55.6889.6156  SR 76 – Brownsville, Somerville
60.1896.8560  SR 19 (Mercer Road)
63.77102.6366  US 70 (SR 1) – Brownsville, Ripley
Madison71.83115.6068  SR 138 (Providence Road)
78.26125.9574Lower Brownsville Road
Jackson79.97128.7076   SR 223 south – McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport
82.74133.1679  US 412 (SR 20) / Vann Drive – Jackson, Alamo, Dyersburg
  US 45 Byp. (SR 186) – Jackson, Humboldt
Signed as exits 80A (south) and 80B (north)
85.47137.5582  US 45 (SR 5) / Vann Drive – Jackson, MilanSigned as exits 82A (south) and 82B (north)
86.72139.5683Campbell Street
88.29142.0985Christmasville Road, Dr. F.E. Wright Drive – Jackson
90.42145.5287   US 70 / US 412 east (SR 1) – Huntingdon, McKenzie, Jackson
97.07156.2293  SR 152 (Law Road) – Lexington
Henderson104.35167.94101  SR 104 – Lexington
Parkers Crossroads111.61179.62108  SR 22 – Parkers Crossroads, Lexington, Huntingdon
county line
119.73192.69116  SR 114 – Natchez Trace State Park, Lexington
Decatur129.48208.38126   US 641 / SR 69 – Camden, Paris, Parsons
Benton136.58219.80133  SR 191 (Birdsong Road)
Tennessee River137.56–
Humphreys140.30225.79137Cuba Landing
146.43235.66143  SR 13 – Linden, Waverly
Hickman151.73244.19148   SR 50 to SR 229 – Centerville
Bucksnort155.83250.78152  SR 230 – Bucksnort
Dickson166.95268.68163  SR 48 – Centerville, Dickson
Dickson175.93283.13172  SR 46 – Centerville, Dickson, Columbia
180.00289.68176  I-840 east – Knoxville, FranklinI-840 exit 0; half-clover interchange.
Williamson185.33298.26182  SR 96 – Franklin, Fairview, Dickson
CheathamKingston Springs191.41308.04188  SR 249 – Kingston Springs, Ashland City
DavidsonNashville195.96315.37192McCrory Lane – Pegram
199.72321.42196  US 70S (SR 1) – Bellevue, Newsom Station
202.61326.07199  SR 251 (Old Hickory Boulevard)
204.52329.14201  US 70 (Charlotte Pike, SR 24)Signed as exits 201A (east) and 201B (west) eastbound
207.34333.68204  SR 155 (Briley Parkway, White Bridge Road) / Robertson AvenueSigned as exits 204A (north) and 204B (south) westbound; SR 155 exit 6
20551st Avenue, 46th Avenue – West Nashville
209.22336.71206  I-440 east – KnoxvilleLeft exit westbound
209.78337.6120728th AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
210.24338.35Jefferson StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
211.09339.72208   I-65 north to I-24 west – Louisville, ClarksvilleWestern end of I-65 overlap, exit 84B southbound; signed as exit 208B eastbound
211.99341.16209  US 70 (Charlotte Avenue, SR 24)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
212.22341.53209AChurch Street, Charlotte AvenueSigned as exit 209 westbound
212.42341.86    US 70 / US 70S / US 431 (Broadway, SR 1, SR 24) / Demonbreun StreetSigned as exit 209B eastbound
212.56342.08209BDemonbreun StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
213.32343.31210  I-65 south – HuntsvilleEastern end of I-65 overlap, exit 82B northbound; signed as exit 210B westbound
213.73343.97210C   US 31A south / US 41A south (4th Avenue, SR 11 south) / 2nd Avenue
214.36344.98211B   I-24 west to I-65 north – Clarksville, LouisvilleWestern end of I-24 overlap, exit 50B eastbound; formerly the point where I-24, I-40, and I-65 met
214.73345.57212Hermitage Avenue (US 70, SR 24)Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
215.44346.72Fesslers LaneEastbound exit and westbound entrance
216.51348.44213A   I-24 east / I-440 west – Chattanooga, MemphisEastern end of I-24 overlap, exit 52B westbound
216.76348.84213  To US 41 (Murfreesboro Road, US 70S, SR 1) / Spence LaneEastbound exit is via 213A
218.19351.14215  SR 155 (Briley Parkway)Signed as exits 215A (south) and 215B (north); SR 155 exit 27 southbound; not signed northbound
219.52353.28216A  Nashville International AirportEastbound exit and westbound entrance
219.92353.93216B   SR 255 south (Donelson Pike) – Nashville International Airport, Air Freight
216C  SR 255 north (Donelson Pike)
222.33357.81219Stewarts Ferry Pike – J. Percy Priest Dam
223.89360.32221A  SR 45 north (Old Hickory Boulevard) – The HermitageEastern end of Music Highway designation
224.19360.80221BOld Hickory Boulevard
WilsonMount Juliet229.17368.81226  SR 171 – Mount Juliet
Belinda Parkway, Providence Way
Signed as exits 226A (south), 226B (north) eastbound; eastbound exit only to Belinda Parkway / Providence Way (signed as 226C)
232.33373.90229Golden Bear Gateway, Beckwith RoadSigned as exits 229A (south) and 229B (north) eastbound
Lebanon235.15378.44232  SR 109 – GallatinSigned as exits 232A (south) and 232B (north) eastbound
238.18383.31235  I-840 west – Memphis, MurfreesboroI-840 exit 76; trumpet interchange.
239.67385.71236South Hartmann Drive
241.18388.14238  US 231 (SR 10) – Lebanon, Hartsville
242.90390.91239  US 70 (SR 26) – Watertown, LebanonSigned as exits 239A (east) and 239B (west) eastbound
248.10399.28245Linwood Road
Smith257.53414.45254  SR 141 – Alexandria
Gordonsville261.65421.08258  SR 53 – Carthage, Gordonsville
Putnam271.41436.79268  SR 96 (Buffalo Valley Road) – Center Hill Dam
276.66445.24273   SR 56 south / SR 141 west – Smithville, McMinnvilleWestern end of SR 56 overlap; SR 141 West directly accessible off eastbound off-ramp; SR-141 is unsigned on Interstate exit signs
279.31449.51276Old Baxter Road
Baxter283.30455.93280  SR 56 north – Baxter, GainesboroEastern end of SR 56 overlap
Cookeville286.10460.43283Tennessee Avenue / Highland Park BoulevardOpened in 2018.[70]
288.92464.97286  SR 135 (South Willow Avenue) – Cookeville
290.40467.35287  SR 136 – Cookeville, Sparta
291.71469.46288  SR 111 – Livingston, Sparta
293.35472.10290  US 70N – Cookeville
Monterey303.98489.21300    US 70N (SR 24) / SR 84 to SR 62 – Monterey, Livingston
304.62490.24301    US 70N (SR 24) / SR 84 to SR 62 – Monterey, Jamestown, Livingston
Cumberland314.00505.33311Plateau Road
Crossville320.81516.29317  US 127 (SR 28) – Crossville, Jamestown
322.99519.80320  SR 298 (Genesis Road) – Crossville
325.20523.36322  SR 101 (Peavine Road) – Crossville, Fairfield Glade
Crab Orchard332.53535.16329  To US 70 (SR 1) – Crab Orchard
341.70549.91338  SR 299 south (Westel Road) – RockwoodWestern end of SR 299 overlap
Roane343.67553.08340  SR 299 north (Airport Road)Eastern end of SR 299 overlap
Harriman350.76564.49347  US 27 (South Roane Street) – Harriman, Rockwood
353.47568.85350  SR 29 – Harriman, Midtown
Clinch River354.13–
Kingston355.84572.67352  SR 58 south – KingstonWestern end of SR 58 overlap
358.67577.22355Lawnville Road
359.71578.90356  SR 58 north (Gallaher Road) – Oak RidgeEastern end of SR 58 overlap; signed as exits 356A (north) and 356B (south) westbound
363.85585.56360Buttermilk Road
364.85587.17362Industrial Park Road – Roane Regional Business and Technology ParkOpened in 2008.[71]
LoudonLenoir City367.01590.65364   US 321 (SR 73) / SR 95 – Lenoir City, Oak Ridge
370.93596.95368  I-75 south – ChattanoogaWestern end of I-75 overlap
Knox372.18598.97369Watt Road
Farragut375.97605.07373Campbell Station Road – Farragut
Knoxville377.72607.88374  SR 131 (Lovell Road)
379.07610.05376   I-140 east / SR 162 north – Oak Ridge, MaryvilleSigned as exits 376A (north) and 376B (east); I-140 exits 1C-D westbound, not signed eastbound
380.87612.95378Cedar Bluff RoadSigned as exits 378A (south) and 378B (north) westbound
379Bridgewater Road, Walker Springs Road
382.71615.91379AGallaher View RoadEastbound access is via exit 379
383.65617.42380   US 11 (SR 1) / US 70 – West Hills
383  SR 332 (Northshore Drive) / Papermill Drive, Weisgarber RoadWestbound slip ramp has entrances and exits to/from Papermill Drive and Weisgarber Road
388.16624.68385   I-75 north / I-640 east – LexingtonEastern end of I-75 overlap
389.33626.57386AUniversity Avenue, Middlebrook Pike (SR 169)Westbound exit is part of exit 386B
389.64627.06386B   US 129 (Alcoa Highway, SR 115) – Alcoa, Maryville, McGhee Tyson Airport, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
390.47628.40387  SR 62 (Western Avenue) / 17th Street
390.76628.87387A  I-275 north – LexingtonI-275 exit 0
391.07629.37388  US 441 south (Henley Street, SR 33 south) – Downtown KnoxvilleNo westbound exit, US 441 exit 0
391.55630.14388A   SR 158 west to US 441 south (SR 33 south) / James White Parkway – Downtown Knoxville, University of TennesseeWestern end of SR 158 overlap (unsigned)
392.10631.02389  To US 441 north (Hall of Fame Drive, SR 71) / BroadwaySR 71 is unsigned
393.24632.86390Cherry Street
395.09635.84392  US 11W (Rutledge Pike, SR 1) / Knoxville Zoo DriveSigned as exits 392A (south) and 392B (north)
395.90637.14393    I-640 west / US 25W north (SR 9 north) to I-75 north – LexingtonI-640 exits 10A-B; western end of US 25W/SR 9 overlap; tri-stack interchange
397.03638.96394    US 11E / US 25W south / US 70 (Asheville Highway, SR 9 south, SR 168)Eastern end of US 25W/SR 9 overlap
Holston River397.82–
Knoxville400.87645.14398Strawberry Plains Pike – Strawberry Plains
405.21652.12402Midway Road – Seven Islands State Birding Park
SevierSevierville410.46660.57407  SR 66 south – Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon ForgeWestern end of SR 66 overlap
Jefferson415.20668.20412Deep Springs Road – Douglas Dam
418.39673.33415   US 25W (SR 9, SR 66 north) / US 70 – DandridgeEastern end of SR 66 overlap
Dandridge420.67677.00417  SR 92 – Dandridge, Jefferson City
424.30682.84421  I-81 north – Bristol, Roanoke, VAI-81 exits 0A-B southbound; southern terminus of I-81; left exit eastbound; tri-stack interchange
427.25687.59424  SR 113 – Dandridge, White Pine
French Broad River427.43–
CockeNewport434.69699.57432A     US 411 south / US 25W north / US 70 west / SR 9 north – Sevierville
432B   US 25W south (SR 9 south) / US 70 east – Newport
438.42705.57435   US 321 / SR 32 – Newport, Gatlinburg
443.44713.65440   SR 73 to US 321 (Wilton Springs Road) – Gatlinburg, Cosby
446.26718.19443Foothills Parkway – Gatlinburg, Cosby, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
450.34724.75447Hartford Road – Hartford
453.89730.47451Waterville Road
454.81731.95  I-40 east – AshevilleContinuation into North Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routesEdit

See alsoEdit


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