Interstate 40 Interchange at State Route 265 (Central Pike)

Wilson County

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), proposes to construct a new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on Interstate 40 at State Route 265 (Central Pike), to improve capacity and operations.

TDOT has initiated preliminary design on the I-40 at SR 265 Interchange. The proposed interchange will be a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) configuration. The DDI was selected to accommodate the large anticipated left-turn volumes from SR 265. SR 265 will be improved within the interchange area from two travel lanes to four, with additional turn lanes and associated signalization. Side road improvements will also be constructed that accommodate proposed developments. Sidewalks will be provided.

This project is identified for funding in TDOT's 10-Year Project Plan, with construction scheduled for Fiscal Year 2030.

Current Status: TDOT has initiated preliminary design on the I-40 at SR 265 Interchange. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 2027

Estimated construction start: Fiscal Year 2030.

Estimated completion*: To be determined

Funding Type: This project is funded with a combination of Federal, State, and Local funds. TDOT anticipates that a portion of this project will be funded through the Transportation Modernization Fund.

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History and Background

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) initiated study of a request for new interchange access on I-40 at State Route (SR) 265 (Central Pike) in Wilson County, Tennessee at the request of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Mt. Juliet, and Wilson County. The purpose of the new interchange access is to accommodate future traffic demands and relieve existing and anticipated capacity deficiencies at the Exit 226 (SR 171) Interchange.


Public Involvement and Engagement

A Design Public Meeting was held February 29,  at Providence Church, 2293 S. Rutland Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.  Click here for meeting materials and presentation.



In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a D-List Categorical Exclusion document was completed on December 15, 2023.


Key Project Milestones

TDOT gained conceptual approval of Interchange Access Request for a proposed interchange between I-40 and SR 265 from FHWA in November 2017. TDOT developed a Technical Planning Report in September 2022 for the entire corridor.  

Project Contacts

Rebekah Hammonds
Region 3 Community Resource Officer

Jon Storey, PE, PTOE
Region 3 Project Management Director
6601 Centennial Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37243-0360
Phone: 615.350.4300

*Subject to change