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Interstate 40 Eastbound at Exit 42 in Fayette County Closed to Remove Bridge

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 05:30am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close a short section of I-40 East at Exit 42 in Fayette County this weekend to begin demolition of the original SR 222 bridge that crosses over the interstate. SR 222 over I-40 will also be closed during the demolition process. The closures are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the closure, traffic on I-40 East will be routed up the off-ramps at Exit 42 and back down the on-ramps to reenter I-40. Traffic on SR 222 will not be able to cross over I-40 during the closures.   Message boards will be placed in the area to alert motorists to the closure. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT HELP Trucks will also be on-site to assist with traffic.

The work is part of a $10 million project to construct a new interchange at I-40 and SR 222 in Fayette County.

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at or download the new TDOT SmartWay mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information.  Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.

For More Information Contact:
Nichole Lawrence
Region 4 Community Relations Officer

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