September 21, 2007
- Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner Gerald
Nicely along with state and local officials cut the ribbon to reopen
James White Parkway Friday morning in downtown Knoxville. TDOT closed
James White Parkway in December 2006 for demolition and reconstruction
as part of phase one of the SmartFIX40 accelerated construction project.
The new and improved route includes six new bridges, four new ramps
and a tunnel, comprising more than two miles of new roadway.
The opening of James White Parkway is a major milestone for
the SmartFIX40 project, said Gerald Nicely, Commissioner for
TDOT. Crews constructed the new James White Parkway and Hall
of Fame Drive in preparation for the I-40 closure which is scheduled
for May 2008. These projects are necessary in order to maintain
access to Knoxvilles growing downtown area during the 14-month
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Construction on James White Parkway and Hall of Fame Drive began
in 2005. Since that time, contractors have poured more than 35,000
cubic yards of concrete (equivalent to about 3,500 concrete trucks)
and have excavated or moved 550,000 cubic yards of earth, rock and
other materials to allow for new road, ramp and bridge construction.
Approximately 48,600 vehicles used James White Parkway on a daily
basis prior to the closure.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam noted, I am extremely pleased
that TDOT and its contractors were able to complete James White
Parkway ahead of schedule. The new parkway should greatly ease some
of the traffic congestion downtown during UT football game days.
Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale said, The new parkway is
a welcome addition to the city and countys roadway infrastructure.
At a time when Knox County is experiencing sustained economic growth
in the downtown area, new and improved roadway systems are essential.
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SmartFIX40 is an accelerated construction process involving the
complete closure of a primary roadway to allow around-the-clock
work that is uninterrupted by traffic in order to dramatically shorten
construction time, thereby reducing the long-term inconvenience
During the SmartFIX40 project, I-40 traffic through Knoxville will
be rerouted onto I-640 for 14 months beginning in the spring of
2008. Local traffic will have access to downtown at all times during
this closure. The closure of I-40 will avoid more than two years
of traffic delays, lane closures and other frustrations by allowing
construction crews to work on roadways and bridges without traffic.