Sam Cooper Boulevard is a freeway spur and multi lane parkway west from the exchange joining I-40/240 between the Berclair and East Memphis neighborhoods in the city of Memphis. The freeway portion was originally built for Interstate 40. It was dropped from the Interstate Highway System when the planned alignment of I-40 through Midtown and Overton Park was cancelled. With I-40 relocated onto the Memphis Beltway to the north, Sam Cooper Boulevard became an unnumbered route. The freeway and at-grade boulevard west from Malcomb Street to U.S. 64-70-79 (East Parkway) is locally maintained by the city of Memphis.

Sam Cooper Boulevard - East

The eastbound beginning of Sam Cooper Boulevard from U.S. 64-70-79/SR 277 (E Parkway N).
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The western segment of Sam Cooper Boulevard was built directly over Broad Avenue.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard east at Collins Street.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard spans UP and CN Railroads and Scott Street across a six lane viaduct.
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Carpenter Street crosses Sam Cooper Boulevard just east of the bridge over Scott Street.
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Vandalia Street ties into the eastbound roadway along Sam Cooper Boulevard just ahead of the freeway.
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The speed limit increases to 55 miles per hour beyond the Malcomb Street underpass.
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A parclo interchange (Exit 7) joins Sam Cooper Boulevard with Highland Street south to the University of Memphis.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard - West


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References of West (I-40) to Little Rock were subsequently removed from the pull through panel at Exit 9.
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A freeway ends sign stands at the Holmes Street underpass.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard transitions to an at-grade arterial west from the Malcomb Street underpass at Vandalia Street.
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The first of three traffic lights along Sam Cooper Boulevard west to E Parkway is at Tillman Street.
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A viaduct spans South Street, CN and UP Railroad line at the Binghampton neighborhood.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard westbound at Collins Street.
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Sam Cooper Boulevard concludes at U.S. 64-70-79 (E Parkway N).
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U.S. 64-70-79 turn south onto E Parkway from parallel Summer Avenue. The three routes and SR 277 continue 1.22 miles south to U.S. 72 at Union Avenue.
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Overton Park lines the west side of E Parkway N.
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Highland Street

The bridges crossing Highland Street along Sam Cooper Boulevard were built in 1969.
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A remaining guide sign for Nashville precedes the entrance ramp to Sam Cooper Boulevard on Highland Street southbound.
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The sign for Nashville at the entrance ramp was replaced to read Sam Cooper Boulevard East Bound.
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Following the Highland Street ramp onto Sam Cooper Boulevard eastbound.
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Graham Street

The Graham Street entrance ramp to Sam Cooper Boulevard east.
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This guide sign referencing Little Rock on Graham Street north at Sam Cooper Boulevard was removed by 2019.
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The Little Rock sign at the westbound entrance ramp from Graham Street was missing by 2014, replaced by 2016, and ultimately removed by 2019.
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Graham Street south at Sam Cooper Boulevard west.
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Remaining sign referencing Nashville for I-40 along Graham Street south above Sam Cooper Boulevard.
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Perkins Road

Perkins Road north at the parclo interchange with Sam Cooper Boulevard.
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Perkins Road south at the westbound entrance ramp for Sam Cooper Boulevard.
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Replaced sign for I-40/240 on Perkins Road south at Sam Cooper Boulevard east.
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Photo Credits:

06/01/10, 04/14/13 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 240
U.S. 64

Page Updated 09-02-2020.

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