James White Parkway to Reopen

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Knoxville (WVLT) Good news for travelers in downtown Knoxville.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says that the James White Parkway will reopen to traffic on Friday morning.

The parkway was closed in December 2006 for reconstruction of ramps, bridges, and the roadway.

The project is part of the SmartFIX40 project.

TDOT says the new parkway includes six new bridges, four new ramps and a tunnel comprising more than two miles of new roadway.

One change, when the Parkway reopens, the westbound ramp from the JWP to I-40 will remain closed until a temporary ramp is constructed.

That part of the project will be done by May of 2008.

TDOT says that ramp has been the scene of many accidents over the years.

As a result, all traffic to westbound I-40 from downtown must use Hall of Fame Drive, Alcoa Highway, Henley Street or 17th Street.

The Riverside Drive ramp to the JWP will also remain closed until May of next year.

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