October 27, 2005 - The Tennessee Department
of Transportation (TDOT) announced Thursday that the Magnolia Avenue
entrance ramp to southbound James White Parkway will permanently close
the morning of November 1, 2005. The ramp is scheduled for demolition.
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Suggested Alternate Routes:
From Magnolia take Randolph Street to Willow Avenue; turn
left on Patton Street then right onto Summit Hill Drive and
make another left on Hall of Fame Drive to James White Parkway.
From Magnolia Avenue go south on Central Street to Summit
Hill Drive, from Summit Hill take Hall of Fame Drive and continue
south to access James White Parkway.
Street Viaduct to Close Nov. 1
Street Detour Maps
"The entrance ramp will be taken out of service and the area
will be used for the new exit ramp to Southbound James White Parkway
from eastbound I-40," said Jeff Walker, spokesperson for Ray
Having one of the worst safety records in the nation, James White
Parkway is a major focus for improvements in the SmartFIX40 project.
In 2007, James White Parkway will be closed for nine months to accommodate
construction of the new exit ramp as well as the new entrance ramp
to I-40 from James White Parkway. Fill material will replace the
existing entrance ramp and will be used to accommodate the future
An estimated 2,300 vehicles use the entrance ramp each day. Message
boards have been placed on Magnolia to alert travelers of the closure.
No detour will be signed but suggested alternate routes include:
1. From Magnolia take Randolph Street to Willow Avenue; turn left
on Patton Street then right onto Summit Hill Drive and make another
left on Hall of Fame Drive to James White Parkway.
2. From Magnolia Avenue go south on Central Street to Summit Hill
Drive, from Summit Hill take Hall of Fame Drive and continue south
to access James White Parkway.
SmartFIX40 is an accelerated construction process used by the department
to speed up construction. It involves closing the primary roadway
on a designated project to allow around-the-clock work that is uninterrupted
by traffic in order to dramatically reduce the time it takes to
complete the project, thereby reducing the long-term inconveniences
In the SmartFIX40 project, along with the nine month closure of
James White Parkway in 2007, I-40 through traffic will be rerouted
onto I-640 for 14 months starting in the spring of 2008. Local traffic
will have access to downtown at all times. Over two years of traffic
delays, lane closures and motorist frustrations will be avoided
by allowing construction crews the opportunity to work without restriction
from moving traffic while traffic is rerouted from I-40. I-40 through
downtown Knoxville carries an average of 103,000 vehicles a day.