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$109 million contract could mean more construction

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Tennessee Department of Transportation officials awarded a $109 million contract to complete the reconstruction of the Interstate 40-240 interchange. Tennessee Department of Transportation officials awarded a $109 million contract to complete the reconstruction of the Interstate 40-240 interchange.

(WMC-TV) – Memphis drivers need to brace themselves for more construction now that the Tennessee Department of Transportation officials awarded a $109 million contract to complete the reconstruction of the Interstate 40-240 interchange. The road construction project is the largest ever for the state.

The notorious flyover at I-240 and Sam Cooper Boulevard has long created headaches for drivers. The congestion should eventually get better as work begins this fall to turn the junction into West Tennessee's first four-level interchange.

"The I-40 corridor is one of the four largest commercial traveled roads in the nation. So there's a lot of need in that interchange," said TDOT commissioner John Schroer.

It is going to be a complicated process.

Once completed, the fourth level structure will rise more than 70 feet above Sam Cooper Blvd., which will be completely rebuilt with an additional lane in each direction.

"They're going to reconstruct Sam Cooper from White Station back to the Wolf River Bridge the Wolf River Bridge will be completely replaced," said Community Relations Officer Nichole Lawrence.

TDOT held a meeting Tuesday night allowing residents living in the nearby area to sound off on the proposed construction.

"How are you going get to work? How are you going get home from work? How long is it going take?" Patty Ramsey asked.

Ramsey said she already deals with the congested area near Interstate 240 and the Poplar Avenue exit.

"I just want to know what the best routes are going to be," she said. "How bad this is going be messed up?"

George Summers lives two exits away from the construction site at Mendenhall Road and Summer Avenue.

"One of my main things was to learn if the exit ramps at this intersection into the neighborhoods were going to congest the neighborhoods," Summers said.

Meanwhile, Ramsey hopes the project will be done at certain times to alleviate headaches.

"Do it during the night when there's not so much congestion," Ramsey suggested.

Tuesday night's meeting was the first of two meetings that will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church Community Center on Stage Road in Bartlett from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 14.

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