18, 2007 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
announced that James White Parkway (JWP) will reopen to traffic
on Friday, September 21.
The parkway was closed in December 2006 for the demolition and reconstruction
of ramps, bridges, and roadway as part of the continuing SmartFIX40
project in downtown Knoxville. The new parkway includes six new
bridges, four new ramps and a tunnel comprising more than two miles
of new roadway.
As a safety precaution, the westbound ramp from James White Parkway
to I-40, which has caused numerous accidents over the years, will
continue to be closed until a new temporary westbound ramp is constructed
in May 2008. As a result, all traffic to westbound I-40 from downtown
must use Hall of Fame Drive, Alcoa Highway, Henley Street or 17th
Street instead of James White Parkway.
Traffic to eastbound I-40 from downtown will have access from JWP
via a new ramp. Additionally, the Riverside Drive ramp to James
White Parkway will remain closed until May 2008.
The parkway will officially open immediately following a ribbon
cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 21. The ceremony
will be held on the James White Parkway Bridge over Jackson Avenue.