FHWA approved the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on August 23, 2010. The document is available for review in the Project Library.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) proposes to
construct a new interchange where State Route (SR) 196 (Hickory
Withe Road) crosses over Interstate 40 (I-40) in Fayette County,
Construction of this project would make this the first Fayette County access point east of the Memphis Area. The adjacent interchange to the east is at SR-59 at a distance of approximately five miles. The adjacent interchange to the west is at New Airline Road in Shelby County at a distance of two miles.
The closest urban development, the City of Arlington, is located
4.5 miles northwest of the proposed project. A small community,
the City of Gallaway, is located 2.0 miles north of the proposed
interchange location, and Gallaway has annexed the area north of
I-40 at the proposed I-40/SR-196 Interchange. The provision of
an interchange at this location would allow access to I-40 from
areas along both US-64 and SR-1/ US-70/ US-79. This interchange
would provide direct interstate access to Gallaway and an
additional route to Arlington and Somerville.
The entire area surrounding the proposed interchange is contained within the Fayette County Planned Growth Area. State Route 196 from Gallaway to Piperton is also located within the planning area of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The proposed interchange project is consistent with the MPO’s 2026 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). In addition, the project was included in the FY 2008-2011 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).