I-40 Interchange / SmartFIX

Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Department of Transportation
CDM Smith

Bell’s work on Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the largest construction project in the state’s history. Bell was awarded Phase I and II of the bridge and road improvement project for $85 million and subsequently awarded Phase III and IV for $104 million. The project is also notable for its use of Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartFIX process. SmartFIX involves complete bridge and road closures for short-terms instead of keeping roads open during construction. This process significantly shortens the overall construction time of a project and improves safety for workers. The entire project entails road improvements to Hall of Fame Drive and I-40, reconfiguring of James White Parkway, new interchanges and exit ramps, and the widening of I-40 in the Knoxville area from four lanes to six.

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