Month-long construction on I-240 and I-40 interchange begins Sun - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Month-long construction on I-240 and I-40 interchange begins Sunday

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The I-240 and I-40 interchange will be closed to traffic beginning Sunday as a part of the most expensive project in TDOT history.

Drivers are already frustrated with traffic surrounding the project. 

"It seems like it's never going to end," Memphis driver Macon Wilson said.

Things may soon get worse.

A traffic snarl is expected when the flyover is shut down Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I-240 Eastbound to I-40 Westbound will be closed for overhead bridge construction.

The flyover detour will take drivers on I-40 to Whitten Road and back down I-40 to I-240.

"It's a little scary, I guess," Wilson said. "I'm nervous driving all the time, especially over in that area."

Clear skies put the construction crews ahead of schedule Saturday. By 4 p.m., the two right lanes along I-240 Westbound between Sam Cooper Boulevard and Walnut Grove Road were back open.

Now, drivers are bracing for Sunday's 10 mile detour.

"I think that's going to make me take a different route, because I go down to Appling and get off at Appling to go to Cordova road," Memphis driver BJ Arni said. Despite the inconvenience, TDOT said the project will be worth it.

The new overpass will be up and running in a month to a month and a half. The overall $109.3 million project is meant to upgrade and add lanes to handle the increased flow of traffic in and out of Memphis.

TDOT said it will make your drive much easier down the line.

"If it means better traffic, I'm all for it. I'm just ready for it to be done," Wilson said.

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