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Interstate 40

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Interstate 40 is a major west-east interstate highway in the United States. Its western terminus is at Interstate 15 in Barstow, California; its eastern terminus is at North Carolina State Highway 132 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Much of the western portion of I-40, from Oklahoma City to Barstow, follows historic Route 66.

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Length

Mileskmstate
155 251 California
359.22 578 Arizona
374 606 New Mexico
177 287 Texas
331 536 Oklahoma
284 460 Arkansas
455 737 Tennessee
419 679 North Carolina
2,554.22 4,137.84 Total

Major cities along the route

Intersections with other Interstates

Spur routes

Notes

  • At each end of I-40 there is a sign giving the distance to the other end.
  • Because I-40 goes through the Mojave Desert in California (just like Route 66 before it), its unofficial name is the Mojave Freeway.
  • In Memphis, I-40 was originally intended to go through the city's Overton Park toward downtown. Several miles of interstate were actually built within the I-240 loop; this portion of highway still exists and is in regular use as Sam Cooper Boulevard, reaching Chickasaw Country Club at its western end. However, public opposition, combined with a court victory by opponents of the Overton Park route, forced abandonment of the plans, and the road never reached the park. For several years, I-40 signage existed on the dead-end route toward Overton Park. Eventually, the northern portion of the I-240 loop was redesignated as I-40.
  • The original route number for I-240 in Oklahoma City was I-440. It was renamed to alleviate confusion with Interstate 44 which connects to I-240 at the western end.
  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, I-40 was originally meant to replace Central Avenue through the center of the city. However, due to development and public opposition, a path going northward was chosen. The freeway intersects Central at either end of the city.
  • In violation of Interstate standards, I-40 has at least one at-grade crossing, but it may be entirely unofficial. About eight miles (13 km) into Tennessee, when going westbound from North Carolina, one may see a sign for "Hurricane Road". Hurricane Road is a dirt road whose quality is below that of the breakdown lane. A few of these may also exist in New Mexico and Texas; reports are conflicting.[1] (http://groups-beta.google.com/group/misc.transport.road/browse_thread/thread/b27f488312d2b719/72a8d83e388890f7?q=%22i-40%22+%22new+mexico%22+%22at-grade#72a8d83e388890f7)

External links

The I-40 Bridge Disaster (http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/pubs/jul02/story2.htm)

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