Interstate 275 (Tennessee)

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Interstate 275 marker

Interstate 275
Route information
Maintained by Tennessee DOT
Length: 2.98 mi[citation needed] (4.80 km)
Existed: 1958 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-40
North end: I-75 / I-640 / US 25W
Highway system
  • Tennessee State Routes
SR 274 SR 275

Interstate 275 (I-275) is an Interstate Highway in Tennessee that serves Knoxville by connecting the downtown with I-75/I-640/US-25W. Measuring 2.98 miles (4.80 km) in length,[1] the northern terminus is the junction with I-75/I-640/US-25W and the southern terminus is I-40.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

Originally constructed in 1958 as I-75, this was renumbered as I-275 in early 1982.[2] Its renumbering became necessary when I-75 was re-routed onto I-640 to divert traffic from the downtown area; the remnant was designated as I-275.

In 2007, the existing cloverleaf exits (1A–B, 1C–D, 2A–B) were replaced with traditional diamond interchanges to add a continuous third lane in each direction. This was done to handle increased traffic flow for the shutdown of I-40 in downtown Knoxville that took place on May 1, 2008 .[3] I-275 was the designated detour route for I-75 northbound traffic during the I-40 shutdown to avoid traffic congestion at the I-75/I-640/US-25W/I-275 junction as the ramp for I-75 northbound from I-640 eastbound is only one lane.


Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Knoxville, Knox County.

Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 0B I-40 west to I-75 south – Nashville, Chattanooga Southbound beyond the 275/40 interchange exit ramps are for Henley St. (US 441) & Western Ave./Summit Hill Dr. (TN 62)
0.00 0.00 0A I-40 east / US 441 south – Asheville Continues as Henley St. (US 441) southbound beyond this exit and the following exit to TN 62 (Western Ave./Summit Hill Dr.)
0.68 1.09 1A Baxter Avenue Formerly exits 1A-B
1.04 1.67 1B West Woodland Avenue , West Oldham Avenue Formerly exits 1C-D
2.23 3.59 2 Central Street, Heiskell Avenue
2.97 4.78 3 I-75 south / I-640 / US 25W – Clinton, Asheville Northbound exit and southbound entrance
3.35 5.39 I-75 north – Lexington Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jacobs, Don (November 28, 2006). "Work begins today on $20M update for Interstate 275". The Knoxville News-Sentinel. p. 7B. 
  3. ^ I-275/I-640 Improvements (TDOT)

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing