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Interstate 40 Tennessee
Eastbound - Memphis area

Highway Information

Miles 455.28
Counties Traveled
Through
Shelby, Fayette,
Haywood, Madison,
Henderson, Carroll,
Decatur, Benton,
Humphreys, Hickman,
Dickson, Williamson,
Cheatham, Davidson,
Wilson, Smith, Putnam,
Cumberland, Roane,
Loudon, Knox, Sevier,
Jefferson, Cocke
Cities Memphis, Jackson,
Nashville, Lebanon,
Cookeville, Crossville,
Knoxville, Newport
Major Junctions Interstate 240
(Exit 1E & Exit 12C)

Interstate 440
(Exit 206 & Exit 213A)

Interstate 65
(Exit 208B & Exit 210)

Interstate 24
(Exit 211B & Exit 213A)

Tennessee 840
(Exit 176 & Exit 235)

Interstate 75
(Exit 368 & Exit 385)

Interstate 140
(Exit 376B)

Interstate 640
(Exit 385 & Exit 393)

Interstate 275
(Exit 387A)

Interstate 81
(Exit 421)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
455 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Arkansas State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Memphis area

Tennessee 385 to Dickson

Dickson to Lebanon

Lebanon to Interstate 75 South

Interstate 75 South to North Carolina State Line

Westbound:

Interstate 81 to Lebanon

Lebanon to Jackson

Jackson to Arkansas State Line

Eastbound
The state of Tennessee welcomes OKRoads to The Volunteer State. Interstate 40 spends more miles in Tennessee than in any other state. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 1 - Riverside Drive/Front Street. A welcome center is located just south of the interstate. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 1 - Riverside Drive/Front Street. Both streets lead into downtown Memphis. The birthplace of blues is home to 677,382, making it the largest city in the state. Interstate 40 connects the three largest cities in Tennessee, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. No semi trucks are allowed onto this off-ramp. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Riverside Drive begins here and extends southward to Interstate 55. Front Street extends from Henry Avenue to Georgia Avenue and leads to the two arterials leading to Mud Island, which lies between downtown and the Mississippi River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 1B - U.S. 51 - 1/2 mile. Three eastbound continue for about 3/4 mile further before the Interstate 240 junction. Traffic from Tennessee Secondary 14 prepares to merge onto the freeway ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A fourth lane is added to eastbound as we draw closer to U.S. 51. The federal highway enters Memphis from Mississippi as Elvis Presley Boulevard and departs the city on Danny Thomas Boulevard. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit is 55 miles per hour from the state line to Watkins Street (Exit 3). Not like anybody actually follows it... (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 1B - U.S. 51 - Danny Thomas Boulevard. The first warning of the Interstate 240 junction appears, one mile west of the interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The left lane prepares to end as we approach Interstate 240. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Interstate 240 South and East to the Memphis International Airport, located via Exit 23B. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Interstate 240. The interchange is in the midst of a massive reconstruction project. The interchange is being redesigned with flyover ramps and more lanes added to both interstates. The previous interchange was substandard, as it was built when Interstate 40 was planned to go straight through Memphis. Those plans were rejected, and Interstate 40 was rerouted along the northern half of the Memphis beltway (Interstate 240). At one time, Interstate 240 between Interstate 55 and Interstate 40 West was known as Interstate 255. It would seem to be a better fit, since travelers in either direction of Interstate 240 must take a 90-degree turn at Interstate 55. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Interstate 240 South to Madison Avenue, an east-west arterial connecting Front Street to the East Parkway (U.S. 64, U.S. 70, and U.S. 79). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the under-construction Ayers Street overpass. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Traffic for Interstate 240 South departs to the right as mainline Interstate 40 East traffic squeezes into one lane. Thankfully, this is only temporary. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A look at the flyover that will eventually carry traffic from Interstate 240 North to Interstate 40 West. Visit the Interstate 40/Interstate 240 Midtown interchange reconstruction webpage for more information. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The temporary ramp carrying Interstate 40 eastbound traffic. If you look closely, you can see some signs piled up on the sand hill behind the jersey barrier. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East as it prepares to go underneath what was once Autumn Avenue. The street has been removed as a result of the reconstruction. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East as it prepares to go underneath the new North Parkway overpass. The second overpass is Faxon Avenue. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the old Tennessee 14/Jackson Avenue overpass. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at what was once Exit 1G to Tennessee 14/Jackson Avenue westbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 2 - Chelsea Avenue/Smith Avenue - 1/2 mile. The Midtown interchange construction zone ends just ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 2 - Chelsea Avenue/Smith Avenue. Both avenues run east-west. Smith Avenue is not much more than a connector between U.S. 51/Tennessee 3 and Interstate 40. Chelsea Avenue runs between North 2nd Street and Jackson Avenue (Tennessee 14). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit, Exit 2A, is unsigned Tennessee 300, a short freeway connector between U.S. 51/Tennessee 3 and Interstate 40. Use U.S. 51 and Tennessee 3 North to Tennessee Secondary 388 to Meeman Shelby Forest State Park. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 2A - U.S. 51 - 3/4 mile. Two lanes depart from the left for the federal highway. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use either Exit 2A to U.S. 51 North or Exit 3 to Watkins Street north to the Frayser area of Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 3 for Watkins Street departs almost immediately after Exit 2A. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit continues to be 55, at least until just past Watkins Street. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 2A - U.S. 51 - 1/4 mile. Millington (pop. 10,433) is a northern suburb of Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 2A - U.S. 51 - Millington. A 13 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Millington. When Interstate 69 is built in Tennessee, that interstate will exit the Memphis beltway here and follow U.S. 51 North. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 3 - Watkins Street. The ramp passing over the interstate ahead connects Tennessee 300 to Watkins Street. Traffic bound for Interstate 40 East from the unsigned state highway exits prior to the Watkins Street ramp and will merge onto the interstate's left lane. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Just past the Watkins Street exit, the speed limit increases to 65. The northern half of the Memphis beltway follows the Wolf River. Most of the beltway is six lanes wide, but is eight lanes wide between Watkins Street and Hollywood Street (Exit 5). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Five miles into the state, we see the first eastbound Interstate 40 standalone assurance shield in the state. Tennessee uses neutered interstate shields throughout the state. In fact, the only state-named shields remaining from here eastward are in the Raleigh, North Carolina vicinity. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The right lane becomes an exit only lane to Hollywood Street in one mile. The arterial extends southward to Tennessee 14/Jackson Avenue, but Hollywood Street does continue slightly southward from there to U.S. 72. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Rhodes College is located on North Parkway near the southern end of Hollywood Street. The Gill Center of the Southwest Tennessee Community College system is located in Frayser. McLean Boulevard passes over the interstate here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Memphis Zoo is located in Overton Park near the intersection of McLean Boulevard and North Parkway. Use Hollywood Street southbound to the zoo. As a side note, it was Overton Park that was part of preventing Interstate 40 from going directly through the city, as the interstate would have split the park. Another note here is that our picture at the Hollywood Street exit turned out blurry. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 6 - Warford Street - 3/4 mile. As with most north-south arterials in this area, Warford Street begins at Jackson Avenue. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Memphis Motorsports Park is actually located in Millington. Use Warford Street and New Allen Road northbound to Raleigh-Millington Road westbound to the facility. The park includes a 3/4 mile paved tri-oval that hosts NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series events, a dirt track, and a drag strip. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 6 - Warford Street. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 8 serves Tennessee 14 and Jackson Avenue. Use Tennessee 14 East to the town of Raleigh. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Memphis National Cemetery is located 1.5 miles south of Interstate 40 along Tennessee 14. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The right lane becomes an exit only lane to Tennessee 14. Ramps to both directions of the state highway depart from a single off-ramp. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 8 - Tennessee 14. North of Interstate 40, the state highway is known as the Austin Peay Highway. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 10 - Tennessee Secondary 204/Covington Pike - 1 mile. The highway connects Interstate 40 to Tennessee 385 in Millington. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Naval Support Activity Mid-South is located near the northern terminus of Tennessee Secondary 204. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 10 - Tennessee Secondary 204/Covington Pike. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 12A - U.S. 64/U.S. 70/U.S. 79 - 1/2 mile. The three federal highways are triplexed from West Memphis, Arkansas, to Bartlett, where U.S. 64 splits from the other two highways. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit falls to 55 as we approach the eastern terminus of Interstate 240. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 12A - U.S. 64/U.S. 70/U.S. 79 - Summer Avenue/White Station Road. Summer Avenue carries the three federal highways from East Parkway to Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 12B - Sam Cooper Boulevard - 1/2 mile. The boulevard runs along what was built of Interstate 40 inside the beltway. The freeway portion ends at Highland Street, and continues westward as an at-grade facility to East Parkway. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 12B - Sam Cooper Boulevard - 1/4 mile, and Exit 12C - Interstate 40 East - 1/2 mile. The mainline will change to Interstate 240 West after all Interstate 40 eastbound traffic departs via the leftmost lane. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 12B - Sam Cooper Boulevard. The first warning of the advisory speed for Exit 12C is posted here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East exits off from itself at Exit 12C. The other three lanes continue as Interstate 240 West, which is actually traveling southeast at this point. Like the western junction of Interstate 40 and Interstate 240, the eastern juncture is also undergoing some reconstruction. Thankfully, this one-lane ramp will be eliminated. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A look at the single lane Interstate 40 eastbound as it prepares to go underneath Interstate 240's eastbound lanes. The BGS on Interstate 240 is an advance sign for Exit 12A (U.S. 64/U.S. 70/U.S. 79). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
We have just seen Exits 12A, 12B, and 12C. Now we have traveled another mile, and we see, Exit 12?! The interstate mileage follows the intended routing of Interstate 40 through Memphis, so there is a slight difference in exit numbers from the actual mileage the interstate travels. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 12 - Sycamore View Road - 3/4 mile. A high occupancy vehicle lane makes up the left lane between Interstate 240 and U.S. 64 (Exit 18). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The headquarters of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's District Four are located along Summer Avenue near Sycamore View Road. The Macon Cove campus of the Southwest Tennessee Community College is in east Memphis and is one the institution's two main campuses. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 eastbound prepares to lose one-third of its lanes as Exit 12 prepares to depart in one-quarter mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 12 - Sycamore View Road/Bartlett. The city of Bartlett is home to 40,543 people and is served by five exits off of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Four lanes of Interstate 40 continue northeastward as Exit 14 to Whitten Road approaches in one mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 14 - Whitten Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 15A-B - Appling Road - 3/4 mile. The interchange is a diamond, with one loop ramp connecting Interstate 40 eastbound to Appling Road northbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 15A - Appling Road southbound - Next Right, and Exit 15B - Appling Road northbound - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 15A - Appling Road southbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 15B - Appling Road northbound. The next exit is Exit 16, Tennessee Secondary 177, one mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 16 - Tennessee Secondary 177 - 1/2 mile. Germantown (pop. 40,203) is seven miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 16 - Tennessee Secondary 177. The secondary route connects Tennessee 385 in southeast Memphis to U.S. 70 and U.S. 79 in northeast Bartlett. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Separate ramps are used for each direction of Tennessee Secondary 177. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 18 - U.S. 64 - 1 1/4 mile. After this interchange, U.S. 64, which has stayed within 50 miles of Interstate 40 since eastern Oklahoma, will not see Interstate 40 again until Morganton, North Carolina. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 18 - U.S. 64 - 1/2 mile. Somerville, the seat of Fayette County, is 24 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 18 - U.S. 64 - Somerville/Bolivar. The Hardeman County seat of Bolivar, population 5,802, is a 48 mile drive from Exit 18. The high occupancy vehicle lane ends just ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
With the Memphis-area traffic behind us, the speed limit increases to 70 as the landscape becomes more rural. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 20 - Canada Road/Lakeland - 1 mile. The city of Lakeland is home to 7,464 people and became a city in 1977. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 20 - Canada Road/Lakeland. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East after the Canada Road exit. Jackson, the largest city between Memphis and Nashville, is 65 miles ahead. The Music City is still 188 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 24 and 25 - Tennessee Secondary 205/Tennessee 385 - 1 mile. Tennessee 385 is an outer half-loop east of Memphis. Parts of the freeway are planned to become part of Interstate 69 or Interstate 269 in the future. Currently, Tennessee 385 is in two separate parts; one from here northwestward to U.S. 51, and the other from Interstate 240 to U.S. 72 in Collierville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A Memphis Tourist Information Center is located off of Tennessee Secondary 205. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exits 24 and 25 - Tennessee Secondary 205/Tennessee 385 - Arlington/Collierville/Millington. Arlington and Millington are north of the interstate, and Collierville (pop. 37,044) is 14 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A collector/distributor system is in use for the interchanges. Exit 24A for Tennessee 385 West to Millington departs in this view. It is assumed that Exit 24B will be signed for Tennessee 385 South (future Interstate 269 South) once the freeway is complete. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The collector/distributor system reaches Exit 25 for Tennessee Secondary 205, serving Arlington and Collierville. After this interchange, Interstate 40 will enter Fayette County, where the freeway has just two interchanges in the next 17 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: October 11, 2005
Last updated: October 17, 2005