Interstate 640 provides a bypass around Downtown Knoxville for travelers along I-40. The urban loop overlaps with Interstate 75 for 3.60 miles between I-40 at Marble City and I-275 at Inskip. The freeway generally runs along the north side of Sharp Hill. It crosses the hill by the former Knoxville Center mall at Washington Pike.
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Prior to 1980, Interstate 75 followed I-275 south to I-40 directly by Downtown Knoxville. The route was realigned alongside I-640 to shift through traffic away from the city center.