Interstate 40 Interchange at State Route 53

Smith County
Smith I-40 at SR 53

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans to construct improvements to the I-40 at State Route 53 Interchange in Smith County. Planned improvements include widening SR 53 from three lanes to five lanes and modifying or replacing the I-40 bridge over SR 53 to accommodate the wider road.

Current Status: This project will begin preliminary engineering in 2027.

Estimated construction start: This project is scheduled in TDOT’s 10-Year Project Plan to begin construction in Fiscal Year 2029.

Estimated completion*: TBD

Funding Type: TDOT anticipates that this project will be funded with a combination of traditional state and federal funds.

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History and Background

An initial phase of this project was completed in 2022, including improvements to signalize the intersection of the I-40 westbound entrance and exit ramps with SR 53.

Project Contacts

Rebekah Hammonds
TDOT Region 3 Regional Communications Officer

Phone: 615.961.6717

Jon Storey, PE, PTOE
Region 3 Project Management Director

Phone: 615.350.4300

*Subject to change