Be Aware! Unusual Traffic Shift Planned on I-40 East at Mt. Juliet Road


NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will begin preparations soon to shift traffic on Interstate 40 eastbound under Mt. Juliet Road.   Crews have tentatively scheduled to start work this weekend and it could take several days to completely shift traffic.

The traffic shift will involve splitting only eastbound traffic around the current work zone at Mt. Juliet Road.  One eastbound lane of I-40 will move to the right of the work zone and two lanes will move the left, as depicted in the drawing below.

Interstate 40 East near the Mt. Juliet Road overpass

Interstate 40 East near the Mt. Juliet Road overpass

The new traffic pattern will be in effect for about two weeks and then be shifted again.   This traffic shift is needed to allow contract crews to widen and lower the road so large vehicles will have the necessary clearance when going under Mt. Juliet Road.

This work is part of the $55 million widening of I-40 from Central Pike to east of State Route 109.   This project is anticipated to be complete later this winter.

TDOT will use its message board signs to alert motorists of the new traffic pattern. TDOT also asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.

For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information or for traffic information in the Nashville area.

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.