Canada Road Interchange Construction Begins

Interchange to Remain Open; Delays may Occur

An aerial view of the new i-40/Canada Road interchange looking east. Image courtesy of TDOT.

An aerial view looking east of the new I-40/Canada Road interchange, showing the single stoplight at the center of the bridge. Image courtesy of TDOT.

At July 10th public information meeting held in Lakeland, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials and representatives from engineering and construction firms presented the latest views of the future I-40 and Canada Road interchange.

According to TDOT officials, construction will begin next week with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2017 and price tag of $28.2 million.  A handout (provided here) by TDOT showed the estimated construction schedule, contact information, and detailed which parts of the interchange would be the focus of work.

Phase 1, lasting from Summer through Fall 2014, will see the construction of the 1-40 median and areas of the interstate west of Canada Road.

Also during Phase 1, the western end of Huff-N-Puff Road will be closed before it reaches Canada Road and traffic re-routed through a new connector street to Beverle Rivera Drive located immediately behind the Shell station.  A traffic signal will ultimately be installed at Canada Road and Beverle Rivera Drive.

The planned extension of the eastern end of Beverle Rivera Drive to connect with Huff-N-Puff is a City of Lakeland project and is planned for construction in Summer/Fall of 2015, according to Lakeland City Manager Chris Thomas.

An aerial view of the north east corner of the new I-40/Canada Road interchange showing the connector between Huff-n-Puff Rd. and Beverle Rivera Drive.  Image courtesy of TDOT.

An aerial view of the north east corner of the new I-40/Canada Road interchange showing the connector between Huff-n-Puff Rd. and Beverle Rivera Drive. Image courtesy of TDOT.

This winter, construction will begin on the western half of the new bridge, while the old bridge will remain open to traffic. TDOT representatives clarified that while the interchange will never be completed closed, there will be times that traffic will be rerouted in due to separation of northbound and southbound traffic on Canada Road.

When completed, the I-40 and Canada Road Interchange will be a single-point urban interchange (SPUI), similar to those on Walnut Grove Road at Humphreys Boulevard and Germantown Parkway, but with the free-flowing road (I-40) passing below the secondary road.

The diagram below shows a schematic of a freeway-under SPUI where traffic drives on the right: traffic entering the freeway is in red, traffic exiting the freeway is in green, and through traffic is in gray. All traffic motion of the same color can proceed simultaneously.

Spui-schematic

By en:User:Nohat, traced by User:Stannered (en:Image:Spui-schematic.png) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Two additional lanes will be added to I-40 during re construction of the Canada Road interchange in preparation for the planned extension of six lanes eastward to I-385 in a future project.  Until that time, the center two lanes will not be marked for traffic.

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