Interstate 40 in Knoxville, TDOT SmartFIx40 opened June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
All interstate lanes and ramps are now open
Knoxville, Tenn. --- With a push of a button the SmartFIX40 completion countdown clock stopped and I-40 in downtown Knoxville officially reopened to traffic today, 18 days ahead of an already accelerated schedule. Local, state and federal officials, including Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Congressman John Duncan, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale have all referred to the project as an excellent example of team work, dedication and a job well done. At approximately 2:30 p.m. state and local leaders gathered around a large red button and officially reopened the interstate as a procession of Knoxville residents rounded the hill and became the first to drive the new I-40.
"After decades of frustrated attempts to widen I-40 through downtown Knoxville, TDOT and its partners found a solution in 2005 and today completed their mission,” said Bredesen. “SmartFIX40 now serves as a national model for urban interstate reconstruction. This project proved that major interstate construction work can be successfully completed in an urban area with quality workmanship, teamwork, community outreach and excellent communication."