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Interstate 40 Closure Cancelled Due to Extreme Cold

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 06:34am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews have cancelled this weekend’s planned closure on I-40 West in Fayette County due to the weather. The closure at Exit 42 will be rescheduled to continue demolition of the original SR 222 bridge over the interstate.

The closures are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the closure, traffic on I-40 West 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.

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