'Traffic knot' on Canada Road, I-40 will be alleviated - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Traffic knot' on Canada Road, I-40 will be alleviated

Residents say the area has become a traffic knot especially when it comes to the on and off ramps. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Residents say the area has become a traffic knot especially when it comes to the on and off ramps. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - At the Interstate 40 interchange in Lakeland, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are moving into place on Tuesday, getting ready for a long night of construction.

Residents say the area has become a traffic knot, especially when it comes to the on and off ramps.

"Yeah there's a lot of confusion between when should you make a turn. Basically that's it when should you make a turn, because there's cars coming left, right, and center from all directions and you are sometimes stuck in the middle," Relax Inn manager Mukesh Patel said.

Patel runs the Relax Inn on Canada Road. He says traffic problems around the interchange caused multiple wrecks, including one he was involved in a couple of years ago.

"I was in an accident trying to make a left-hand turn," Patel said.

TDOT will pump more than $28 million into upgrading the interchange to make it safer.

The work is expected to take 2 1/2 years and include a new four-lane bridge, retaining walls and new connector streets.

When construction is finished, all traffic lights will be in the center of the I-40 and Canada Road Bridge.

To improve the roadway, construction crews will have to close one lane of Interstate 40 westbound at 9 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Patel knows that construction may make traffic a little more hectic for his business and homeowners in the area, but he thinks it is necessary. 

"There will be turning lanes, you know, where you've got the right of way to turn, you know, things like that you got more room to play with basically," Patel added.

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