22, 2005 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
announced that the Summit Hill Drive entrance ramp to James White
Parkway will close November 29, 2005.
The ramp scheduled for demolition, is part of the SmartFIX40 downtown
accelerated construction project. The ramp closure and demolition
will facilitate construction of the new Hall of Fame Drive Bridge.
The new Hall of Fame Drive will be a new four lane city boulevard
with six foot bile lanes and sidewalks that will stretch from Summit
Hill Drive to Broadway and provide access to both James White Parkway
and Interstate 40.
To help ease the inconvenience this project has causes for many
people, TDOT has made it an accelerated construction project. Part
of the acceleration process includes completely closing roads enabling
the contractor complete access to work areas, which cuts construction
time in half, making it more convenient for travelers in the long
estimates that an average of 10,000 vehicles uses the ramp per day.
Many of these travelers are commuters traveling to and from work
downtown. Message boards will be placed to alert drivers of the
The map below displays the detour that will be signed.