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Interstate 40 I is part of the Interstate Highway System that spans 2, In the U. At a length of I parallels the older U. Route 70 US 70 corridor for its entire length in Tennessee. It has interchanges and concurrencies with every other mainline interstate highway in the state except for I and I and has five auxiliary routes in the state.
The I corridor between Memphis and Nashville is culturally ificant in that it passes through a region that was instrumental in the development of American popular music , and is known as "Music Highway". In Memphis, I is also nationally ificant due to a U. Supreme Court case that established the modern process of judicial review of infrastructural projects.
Community opposition to the original proposed routing of I led to a more than two decades-long legal battle that culminated in this case and the state abandoning the original routing in favor of relocating the route onto a section of what was originally part of I 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 immediately has an interchange with U. Route 51 US 51 , and one mile 1. At this interchange, the Interstate turns sharp east. Passing first near the neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh , about five miles 8. Two miles later is an interchange with SR Covington Pike , and two miles 3. 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. This segment passes 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. About one mile east of Arlington, I 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 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. Eight miles later is an interchange with US 70, and 2 miles 3. Passing through the northern half of Jackson, I temporarily widens to six lanes and has a total of six exits.
First, at mile 79, is an interchange with US which connects to Alamo and Dyersburg , then about 1 mile 1. About 1. From this point, I 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 Crossro , I has an interchange with SR 22 , a major north-south connector route in west Tennessee, which, at this interchange, is ed as a connector to Lexington and Huntington. About 6 miles 9. I then enters Benton County , and about 6 miles 9. This river crossing is also located within the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Upon crossing the Tennessee River into Humphreys County , I traverses through 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 5 miles 8. I then crosses the Duck River , traveling through mostly wooded areas characterized by further rugged terrain, and at mile is an interchange with SR 48 , which provides access to Centerville and Dickson.
I then enters Dickson County , and shortly beyond this point crosses the Piney River. The highway continues through mostly woodlands and rugged terrain, and crossing into Williamson County , I ascends steeply over a short distance, gaining a truck climbing lane on the eastbound side, and 6 miles 9. Approaching the urban parts of the Nashville metropolitan area , I enters Cheatham County a few miles later, and descends into the Nashville Basin over a period of about 2 miles 3. I then crosses the Harpeth River twice over a distance of about 1 mile 1. Around milepost , I enters Davidson County , and a few miles later crosses the Harpeth River for a third time.
About a one mile 1. I then widens to eight lanes, and 3 miles 4. About two miles 3. About 2 miles 3. Briefly independent for about 1 mile 1. The eastern terminus of I is also directly accessible from the eastbound lanes of I at this interchange, and US 41 , which crosses I before this interchange, is also directly accessible from I at this interchange. Less than one-half mile 0.
Passing near J. About 3 miles 4. For the next roughly 50 miles 80 km , I continues across mostly open farmland, passing near multiple small communities. About 10 miles 16 km east of Lebanon, I enters Smith County and begins a steep ascent where the eastbound lanes gain a truck climbing lane. This lane terminates about 2. Between mileposts and , I crosses the meandering Caney Fork River five times before crossing into Putnam County. A few miles later reaches an elevation of 1, feet m for the first time in the state near Silver Point.
This grade is moderately steep, and is protracted over a distance of about 4 miles 6. Upon reaching the top of the rim, the interstate begins traversing relatively flat terrain and has an interchange with SR 56 southbound at the eastern terminus of SR in Silver Point, which connects to Smithville and McMinnville. Beginning a concurrency with SR 56 at this point, the latter route splits off 7 miles 11 km later in Baxter , heading north towards Gainesboro.
Reaching Cookeville about 5 miles 8. Beginning a few miles beyond this point, I begins a steep uphill ascent onto the Cumberland Plateau , protracted over a distance of about 5 miles 8. Through this section, the speed limit reduces to 65 mph, and 55 mph for trucks on the westbound descent. I then continues through a wooded area for a short distance before reaching Monterey a few miles later. A short distance later, I reaches an elevation of over 2, feet m for the first time in Tennessee, just before crossing into Cumberland County and East Tennessee.
After ascending further up into the Cumberland Plateau, I remains relatively flat and straight as it continues east through a mix of wooded areas and farmland. The divide is marked in the eastbound lanes with a reading "Entering Emory River watershed. About 10 miles 16 km later, I reaches Crossville , and has three interchanges, including one with US , which also connects 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, with the westbound lanes utilizing a truck climbing lane over part of this elevation change. A short distance beyond this point, I has an interchange with a connector road to US 70 near the town of Crab Orchard. A short distance later, the interstate enters Crab Orchard Gap and proceeds through a narrow valley at the base of the Cumberalnd Mountains once prone to rockslides.
This section is characterized by several relatively sharp curves where motorists are advised to slow down. Beyond this point, the Interstate descends into a short depression, and then ascends upwards, with the eastbound lanes utilizing a truck climbing lane. A short distance later, the truck lanes terminates, and I crosses into Roane County , also entering Eastern Time Zone at this point. Shortly thereafter I curves to the northeast, and begins its descent of the Cumberland Plateau into the Tennessee Valley , the speed limit dropping to 60 mph in the eastbound lanes.
I 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 and shifting eastward between Harriman and Rockwood , and containing an interchange with US Entering the Ridge-and-Valley province of the Appalachians, of which the Tennessee Valley is a part, I then crosses a series of paralleling ridges and valleys characteristic of the region's topography.
About 4 miles 6. About 1 mile 1. 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. At exit , about 20 miles 32 km west southwest of downtown Knoxville, I merges with I , which continues to the southwest to Chattanooga. The two routes turn east northeast, carrying six through lanes, and cross into Knox County a short distance later. Throughout this concurrency, exits are ed according to I's mileage. The two interstates pass through several of the western suburbs of Knoxville, including Farragut , and have interchanges with multiple surface streets.
This segment of I and I is the most heavily traveled section of highway in Tennessee, with an annual average daily traffic AADT volume of more than , vehicles. Also at this exit, I splits off from I onto a concurrency with I, splitting off a few miles later and heading towards Lexington, Kentucky. The route then enters downtown Knoxville, containing a minimum of six through lanes, 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. Just under 1 mile 1. I then has an interchange with a surface street before reaching a parclo interchange with US 11W Rutledge Pike about 3 miles 4.
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 and leaving Knoxville less than 1 mile 1. Also at this interchange, I begins a brief uned concurrency with US 25W , which splits off a little over 1 mile 1. Leaving Knoxville, I crosses the Holston River about 2 miles 3. Continuing east as a six-lane highway, I travels through a semi-rural residential area before crossing into Sevier County.
A few miles later, at exit , near Sevierville , I has an interchange with SR 66 and the northern terminus of the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway , beginning an uned concurrency with the former. 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 crosses into Jefferson County , and about 5 miles 8. SR 66 also splits off at this interchange, but there is no age for this.
Four miles later, at exit is the interchange with the southern terminus of I , which runs into northeast Tennessee to the so called " Tri-Cities " of Bristol , Kingsport , and Johnson City. At this interchange, I reduces back to four lanes and turns sharp southeast. About 3. Traveling along the northern base of English Mountain for a few miles, I has an interchange with US 3 miles 4. 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 preventive measures.
A few miles later I crosses the Pigeon River and has an interchange with the Foothills Parkway , before crossing the Pigeon River again about 1. A bout 2 miles 3. I was deated as such by an act of the Tennessee Legislature in "from the eastern boundary of Davidson County to the Mississippi River in Shelby County ," a distance of about miles km. I is deated as such because of the ificant roles that Memphis, Nashville, and the areas in between played in the development of American popular music.
Several cities and towns between the two, including Jackson , Brownsville , Nutbush , Waverly and others were birthplaces or homes of numerous singers and songwriters. s that display the words "Music Highway" along with music notes are erected in both directions along I, 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 Prior to the settlement of Tennessee by European Americans, a series of Native American trails existed within what is now the Interstate 40 corridor.
The Cumberland Trace, also known as Tollunteeskee's Trail, was a Cherokee trail that passed through the central part of the Cumberland plateau, and was first used by settlers and explorers in the s. In , the North Carolina legislature, which at the time controlled what is now Tennessee, authorized the construction of a trail between the south end of Clinch Mountain in East Tennessee and the Cumberland Association , which included modern-day Nashville. Completed the following year, this trail became known as Avery's Trace , and roughly followed several existing Native American Trails. This trail was officially named the Cumberland Turnpike, and became popularly known as the Walton Road after one of its surveyors, William Walton, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War.
In a series of Tennessee businessmen formed the Memphis to Bristol Highway Association in an effort to encourage the state to improve the network of ro that ran between Memphis and Bristol. After the formation of the Tennessee Department of Highways, the predecessor agency to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in , the agency deated these ro as the Memphis to Bristol Highway and State Route 1.
The Tennessee leg of Interstate 40 was part of the original 1, The first initial segment of I in Tennessee, located between Nonconnah Creek and Hindman Ferry Road in Memphis originally I , was contracted on February 14, , and on March 4, , a de contract was awarded for the first section in Davidson County. In additional contracts were awarded for de and construction of segments in Wilson , Dickson , Williamson , Henderson , Benton , and Haywood counties. On October 19, , the bridge over the Clinch River near Kingston was dedicated and opened to traffic.
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