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TDOT temporarily shuts down I-40 before opening all lanes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- TDOT crews shut down traffic on I-40 completely Tuesday night leaving many drivers wondering what's going on.

"I thought it was an accident."

But it wasn't an accident. Crews were putting up the final pieces of a two and half year long project to widen and add additional lanes to the I 40/240 interchange.

It's a project that has had drivers frustrated for years.

"Maybe this traffic won't be so congested and everything. It's about time."

TDOT opened the eastbound side of the bridge already, but some drivers haven't been all that impressed with the traffic flow.

"Have you see it going better this way?" asked WREG's Wayne Carter.

"Honestly no. Not really and Memphis is growing so much by the time they built it will be time to build again."

But those stuck in traffic Tuesday night seemed to think the minor inconvenience will be worth it.

"I start a new job and now I can sleep in a little later."

"It's a blessing. And now no more traffic and I can get home and watch myself on the news."