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TDOT begins work on four-level interchange

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - By the summer of 2017, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) says there will be an estimated 350,000 travelers along the 40/240 exchange in East Memphis.

In preparation for all those drivers, TDOT says big changes are ahead.

Computer generated graphics show a pretty detailed drive along the new 40-240 flyover out east.

Crews are already hard at work out east reworking traffic in the area.

The project, which is the largest in state history, will not be completed for another three or three and a half years.

"Our motorists are gonna have to be patient," said TDOT spokesperson Nichole Lawrence.

Work on this project is already being done. Cranes are helping drive pilings in the ground to support new ramps.

But that is not all.

If you drive northbound from Walnut Grove to go eastbound I-40 to Sycamore View, get ready for more travel delays.

"We're gonna be shifting traffic over in order to widen it to have an extra lane. We will shift three lanes over to the inside, that way we can work on the outside," added TDOT project manager Steve Chipman.

TDOT also says after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, one lane of Sam Cooper Boulevard east and westbound will close for construction.

According to TDOT, drivers will have at least one week's notice to plan for the many changes that will come along with this massive project.

"If our motorists can adjust travel times, adjust routes, that would be perfect," Lawrence said.

TDOT advises drivers in the area to stay informed on social media using its mobile app. They say the inconvenience will definitely be worth the wait.

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