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Old 06-17-2021, 10:20 AM   #1
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Avoiding the I-40 bridge at Memphis

We're planning a trip eastbound around July 15th on I-40. This morning, I read that construction on the I-40 bridge at Memphis is expected to be ongoing through the end of July, and that traffic is now backed up about 3 hours to take the detour across the I-55 bridge.


We'd like to head northeast to the U.S. 412/I-155 bridge instead. Where should we exit off I-40 in order to avoid getting caught in the slow-moving parking lot through West Memphis?
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:33 AM   #2
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Download Waze onto your phone...

It will re-route you based on real-time traffic speeds for the quickest transit times...

I use it religiously in my 18 wheeler...
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:40 AM   #3
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I would go I 44 east from Oklahoma city now and end up in back on I-40 in Nashville. The driving directions list it as about 20 miles further and a little longer than time I40. And that is not considering the hours and hours of backups you are going to hit. All of the roads listed for the route are pretty good. Tennessee has good roads. I am going that way when we go to Amarillo from Knoxville this fall.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:58 AM   #4
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Thank you, sirtate. Sounds as if the Waze app will be worth the money!
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:59 AM   #5
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I'm confused, Bill M. According to my maps, I-44 east from OKC would take us to St. Louis--a big detour.
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Old 06-18-2021, 09:15 AM   #6
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I could be wrong. But that showed as only 20 some miles further than 1 40 from Knoxville to Aramarillo.
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Old 06-18-2021, 09:46 AM   #7
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Wake is free.
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Old 06-18-2021, 10:23 AM   #8
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We took US-67 from Little Rock to US-412 at Walnut Ridge which takes you to I-40 at Jackson, TN. Some of that is on I-155. Good highway all the way except some porpoising on the concrete.

To get to Cedars of Lebanon SP we took I-840 around Nashville, avoiding the typical old snaky interstate route through a major city.

We were already in North Little Rock at a Harvest Host at the time. After traveling through the deep south we ended up at Land Between the Lakes and took the same river crossing to head home, again through Little Rock.
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Old 06-19-2021, 07:33 AM   #9
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If you can time it early early morning it won’t be as bad. We detoured through downtown Memphis
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Old 06-19-2021, 07:41 AM   #10
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If you can time it early early morning it won’t be as bad. We detoured through downtown Memphis
I had the same experience last week, we left the campground (Tom Sawyer RV) a bit before 6 AM, hit the bridge a few minutes after. Maybe 10 minutes of net delay in total.
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Old 06-19-2021, 08:47 AM   #11
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We went through there last Tuesday at 9 am and had a 40 minute delay—not worth the detour to the MS river bridges at Caruthersville or Helena
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