Interstate 140 was proposed to continue southeast from Tennessee Secondary 33; however, an extension from that point southeast to U.S. 321 was shelved due to a court injunction and insufficient environmental impact study. The cancelled Orange Beltway (State Route 475) was proposed to alleviate traffic along the Interstate 40 & 75 overlap and Knoxville Interstate system.
Interstate 140 in Tennessee is the Pellissippi Parkway. It spurs from Interstate 40 and i-075.html west of Knoxville in a southeasterly direction to meet U.S. 129 and State Secondary 33 near Alcoa.
Interstate 140 was approved by the AASHTO Special Committee on Route Numbering on June 13, 1992. The first portion of Interstate 140 opened December 4, 1992 between Northside Drive and U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway), a 6.6-mile segment including the Fort Loudon Lake bridge.4 The bridge and a stretch of freeway south to Wrights Ferry Road was completed in August 1990 but not opened to traffic. The second section to open extended I-140 northward four miles to Kingston Pike (U.S. 11 & 70) on October 6, 1993.7 and the I-140 link to Interstates 40 & 75 and SR 162 followed on December 16, 19968, though all of the ramps between the two freeways were not completed until spring of 1997. A 1.1-mile extension east from U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) to Cusick Road opened by December 22, 1996.8 Work on the $11.7-million extension to Old Knoxville Highway (State Secondary 33) began in 2000 and was completed August 15, 2005.9 Interstate 140 was resurfaced between May and September 2004.3
The Pellissippi Parkway was planned for a 4.5-mile extension southeast to U.S. 3215, east of Maryville. TDOT already planned the route and was set to commence with construction. However because of a lawsuit filed against the Department of Transportation, construction never began. The lawsuit emanated from the Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (CAPPE) who argued that the Tennessee Department of Transportation had not done an adequate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the planned freeway. A federal judge agreed to place an injunction against TDOT in 2002 which actively halted any construction.
In August 2004, the U.S. District Court issued an order modifying its previous injunction, which allowed TDOT to reissue its environmental documents regarding Interstate 140/Pellissippi Parkway. On September 27, 2004, TDOT announced the preparation of the environmental impact statement for the extension.4 A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was issued on April 16, 2010 and available for review at the TN.Gov web site. Alternate A was endorsed by the Maryville City Council on October 4, 2011 and the Alcoa City Commission on October 11, 2011. The Blount County Commission voted to send a recommendation for Alternate A on October 11 as well. If an EIS is completed in 2013, construction may start in 2017.10
The last mainline interchange of Interstate 140 is Exit 1 (B & A) for the U.S. 11/70 overlap/Kingston Pike. These paired highways serve the nearby city of Farragut and the southwest reaches of Knoxville. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Exit 1C takes travelers to the city of Knoxville via Interstate 40 east and Interstate 75 north. There are five more interchanges for the paired Interstates before they split. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate ends in one half mile advisory sign on Interstate 140 west. Traffic from Interstate 40 east/75 north merges in from a cloverleaf ramp to the right. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 concludes just past Exit 1D for Interstate 40 west and Interstate 75 south. Tennessee 162 northbound takes over as a divided surface highway as it travels toward Oak Ridge and Tennessee 62. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Although Interstate 140 end signage exists at the Interstate 40-75 interchange along westbound, the freeway continues through to Dutchtown Road. At this junction is a partial cloverleaf interchange. View looks from the eastbound shoulder back to the north. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Perspective from Tennessee 162 south/Interstate 140 east
Tennessee 162 southbound converts to Interstate 140 one half mile north of the Interstate 40/75 overlap. A begin sign heralds the 11 mile Interstate beginning. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
The first eastbound Interstate 140 reassurance shield. The Interstate 40/75 overlap is signed as Exit 1C/D on Interstate 140 westbound. The ramps depart at once in the eastbound direction and receive no exit numbers. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
The Interstate 140 mainline pushes southeast toward Farrugut as the first eastbound exit for Interstates 40/75 depart. The paired Interstate share a 12 mile overlap between Eaton Crossroad and the city of Knoxville whose city limits are just four miles to the east. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Perspective from Interstate 40 east/75 north
0.75 mile guide sign for Exit 376/Interstate 140 east/Tennessee 162 north. Tennessee 162 sees its southern terminus at this interchange. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Traffic for Interstate 140 east/Tennessee 162 north departs together at Exit 376 from Interstate 40 east/75 north. This ramp is not a collector/distributor roadway, as traffic from Tennessee 162 southbound sees a directional ramp to Interstate 40 east/75 north to the north independent of this configuration. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 begins its eastward journey to Alcoa and Maryville as Exit 376A. Traffic continuing straight will follow a cloverleaf ramp to Tennessee 162 north. The city of Oak Ridge is 14 miles to the northwest. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
This photo of the western terminus was taken from Sherrill Road, a frontage road adjacent to the interchange. This sign gantry is located on Southbound Tennessee 162 where it becomes Eastbound Interstate 140. This is the western terminus of Interstate 140, but there is a Begin Interstate 140 shield assembly posted on the Dutchtown Road overpass about one mile north of Interstate 40/75 along southbound Tennessee 162. Also, notice that at this location, the road changes from a north-south to east-west cardinal direction. Photo taken by Jeffrey Napier (08/02).
This photo shows Interstate 140 eastbound as it crosses over Interstates 40/75, as seen from Sherrill Road, a frontage road adjacent to the interchange. Photo taken by Jeffrey Napier (08/02).
Traffic bound to Knoxville from Oak Ridge via Tennessee 162 southbound is allocated two lanes. There are eight miles left of the Interstate 40/75 overlap to the southwest. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Perspective from Interstate 40 west and Interstate 75 south
Now looking at westbound Interstate 40 and southbound Interstate 75, the left four lanes continue west on the mainline freeway, while the right two lanes default onto southwestbound Interstate 140, with a connection to northbound Tennessee 162. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison, 08/12/05.
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 40 east
The original one-mile guide sign for Interstate 140 east/Exit 376B on Interstate 40 west/75 south. The Interstate highway opened in the mid 1990s, just before Interstate 40/75 underwent a reconstruction project. The project replaced the signage in the westbound direction. Vidcap taken 08/08/99.
Interstate 40 west/75 south expand to five lanes as they near the Interstate 140/Tennessee Exit 376 interchange. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 eastbound receives two lanes from Interstate 40 west/75 south. Traffic volumes are heavy on the 17 mile overlap due to the proximity to the Knoxville metropolitan area. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
The original configuration of Exit 376 saw Exit 376B for Tennessee 162 northbound depart from the mainline of Interstate 40/75 west/south. This ramp now is segregated from the mainline with a collector/distributor roadway. Vidcap taken 08/08/99.
Second view of the already replaced original overheads at Tennessee 162's northbound beginning on Interstate 40 west/75 south. Photo taken by Chris Saylor (03/99).
Westbound Interstate 40 and Southbound Interstate 75 approaching Exit 376, northbound Tennessee 162 and eastbound Interstate 140. This photo of these signs was again taken from Sherrill Road. This photo shows the approaches the point where the collector/distributor road splits from the mainline. The road is six lanes wide, with the far right lane dedicated to Tennessee 162 North, the next lane can be either Interstate 140 East or Tennessee 162 North, the next one is for Interstate 40 (but it ends quickly), and the three left lanes are for through traffic along Interstates 40 and 75. Photo taken by Jeffrey Napier (08/02).
A look at the Exit 376 sign bridge from the Interstate 40/75 mainline. The two routes split in eight miles with Interstate 75 traveling 79 miles south to Chattanooga. Interstate 40 continues 157 miles to Nashville and 361 miles to Memphis. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Westbound Interstate 40 and Southbound Interstate 75 at Exit 376. This is signage found on the collector-distributor ramp for northbound Tennessee 162 and eastbound Interstate 140. This photo of these signs was taken from Sherrill Road. Photo taken by Jeffrey Napier (08/02).
Ramp split of Exits 376B/A as seen from the collector/distributor roadway itself. Tennessee 162 travels seven miles to the northwest to where it terminates at Tennessee 62. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Exit 376A for Interstate 140 eastbound is a cloverleaf ramp. Traffic can continue back onto Interstate 40 west/75 south where the next interchange is in two miles with Tennessee State Secondary 131 into Farragut. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Perspective from Dutchtown Road east
This shield assembly is situated at the eastbound beginning ramp of Interstate 140 from Dutchtown Road, about one half mile north of Interstates 40-75. The begin Interstate 140 overhead Pictured above is attached to the bridge ahead. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 40 west
The final interchange of Interstate 140 at present is Exit 11A/B with U.S. 129 near Alcoa and Rockford. This eastbound photograph looks at the 0.75 mile overhead for the cloverleaf interchange. The airport guide sign in the background is for the nearby McGhee Tyson Airport. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 eastbound at Exit 11A/U.S. 129 south. The divided highway travels four miles southward to Alcoa and six miles to the Blount County seat of Marysville. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 sees its final exit at the Exit 11B cloverleaf ramp to U.S. 129 northbound. Eight miles of U.S. 129 northbound remain as the highway terminates at Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Interstate 140 end shield, posted just past the Exit 11 cloverleaf. Carter Buchanan reports that an extension of Interstate 140 may be in the works, as grading exists beyond the final exit ramps. However, such an extension is delayed by a lawsuit (see above). Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (10/01).
Second view of the end Interstate 140 shield. The roadway continues eastward to a local highway near the town of Rockford. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Detail of the Interstate 140 end shield. The traffic counts of Interstate 140 drop off dramatically at this interchange. This may change with the pending extension (see below photographs). Photo taken 08/23/03.
Looking back at the U.S. 129 cloverleaf interchange (Exits 11A/B) from the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 140 at the above Pictured end shield. Photo taken 08/23/03.
An extension of Interstate 140 is indeed underway as these construction photographs suggest. At present all traffic is shunted onto an off-ramp approximately one half mile east of the U.S. 129 junction. Also visible to the left is the backside of an Interstate 140 shield. This is not a reassurance shield however, as it is just a trailblazer. Photos taken 08/23/03.
Perspective from Interstate 140 west
Traveling west on a local highway from the town of Rockford, Interstate 140 begins at the Exit 11A ramp to U.S. 129 north. The next interchange is Exit 9 with Tennessee State Secondary 333. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca.
Exit 11A overhead for the U.S. 129 southbound cloverleaf ramp to Alcoa. Also visible on the bridge is a white on blue bridge identifier sign. These placards have appeared on Tennessee highways between 2000 and 2003. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Perspective from U.S. 129 north
Overhead on U.S. 129 northbound at the current Interstate 140 westbound beginning ramp. The control city for all of Interstate 140 west is that of Oak Ridge, via the Tennessee 162 connection. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/12/03).
Perspective from U.S. 129 south
Entering the Interstate 140/Exit 11 cloverleaf interchange from U.S. 129 southbound. The ramp to the right carries traffic onto Interstate 140 west to a Tennessee River crossing. U.S. 129 otherwise continues southward to the Appalachian Mountains. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/12/03).
Fred Corum, Regional Director TDOT
"Beltway OK'd." Knoxville News, November 11, 2003.