TDOT puts up first of 200+ I-40 detour signs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The countdown clock has been rolling for weeks, counting down to one of the most complicated phases of the SmartFix 40 Project. That being, of course, the closure of a small section on Interstate 40 downtown.

At midnight on May 1, 2008, a short section of Interstate 40 between James White Parkway (exit 388A) and Hall of Fame Drive (exit 389) will be closed for approximately 14 months for reconstruction.

And today, the first signs explaining the closure, and detour to motorists are being installed around the Greater Knoxville area.

Some signs are called "everyday" signs according to Tennessee Department of Transportation's Travis Brickey. You will see them popping up in the days ahead. Most of them are detour signs, and some of the detours are quite obvious to local traffic.

Other signs will remain covered until the night of April 30th. Many of these signs are huge "Interstate CLOSED" signs.

Brickey says over 200 signs will be put in place by April 30th.

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