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Photo by Shawn Poynter, Shawn Poynter

The newly renovated stretch of I-40 through Knoxville, not yet open to car traffic.

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  • The newly renovated stretch of I-40 through Knoxville, not yet open to car traffic.
  • Where pedestrians usually fear to tread: On June 11, the evening before the grand opening of Interstate 40 through downtown, the Knoxville Track Club (along with TDOT and the city of Knoxville) hosted the 'Fast 40 Dash' foot race.
  • Smartifxed: Bennett Hirschhorn says his property was damaged by blasting from the project.
  • The newly renovated stretch of I-40 through Knoxville, not yet open to car traffic.
  • The newly renovated stretch of I-40 through Knoxville, not yet open to car traffic.
  • The grand procession: After being closed and car-free for 13 months, Interstate 40 received a joyful welcome back June 12 wit ha parade of some 100 cars led by examples from Tennessee's three manufacturers, GM, Nissan and Volkswagen.

With the completion of SmartFIX40, we finally have a state-of-the-art interstate through Knoxville. But did we really need one in the first place?

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