Did you notice the new “Lakeland” exit signs for exit 18 on Interstate 40? Prior to this week, there had not been any signs to indicate that motorists could access Lakeland by using I-40 exit 18.
Thanks to Tennessee Senator Mark Norris, Tennessee Representative Bubba Pleasant, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), there are now signs letting eastbound motorists know, yes, you can exit at I-40 exit 18 and find the City of Lakeland!
Prior to this, I always gritted my teeth a little when I saw the lack of notice for Lakeland at exit 18 while cities literally miles away had large exit signs!
Thanks to the cooperation and assistance of Representative Pleasant, Senator Norris and TDOT personnel, the signs were recently installed.
We appreciate their cooperation and assistance on this matter.
The big overhead signs will be maintained only for Exit 20 into Lakeland which is considered to be the “main” entrance to Lakeland. Logically enough, Exit 18 is considered a “secondary” entrance. To avoid confusion, TDOT only provides one “major” sign for a City of Lakeland’s size.
The next time you are eastbound on Interstate 40, watch for the new “Lakeland” signs on I-40!