“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” Haslam said. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”
TDOT’s Region Three includes the 26 counties of Bedford, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson counties.
“Taking a multi-modal approach to transportation planning allows TDOT to be responsive to the citizens of this state, tailoring projects to provide the greatest benefits in both our urban and rural areas,”
Schroer said. “The department will address a number of needs through this three-year program, including congestion relief, improving access to communities, and the replacement or repair of dozens of aging bridges.”
Transportation projects in TDOT’s Region 3 will be funded through TDOT’s state and federal aid programs. Several projects to relieve congestion in Nashville and surrounding areas include widening I-65 from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Road, and the preliminary engineering for the reconstruction of the State Route 99 interchange on I-65 in Maury County. In Clarksville, funding will go toward widening a 3-mile section of U.S. 41-A. The remaining projects to widen U.S. through Lawrence County in southern Middle Tennessee and the State Route 840 project will also be completed through funding from this three-year program.
The plan calls for construction to begin in 2012 on the widening to eight lanes of a 4.7-mile section of I-40 from Mt. Juliet Road/ Hwy. 171 to Hwy. 109, and for preliminary engineering to be done on the widening of Highway 109 to State Route 840 to eight lanes.
In addition to the highway projects listed above, the rehabilitation of the Cordell Hull Bridge in Smith County is funded through TDOT’s Better Bridges Program.
In Wilson County, the plan calls for construction on the bridge at Linwood Road and construction on the bridge over Spring Creek (SR 24/Hwy. 70 North) to begin in 2012. In addition, the plan includes construction starting in 2012 on the bridge over Eavens Creek (SR 26/Hwy. 70).
A total of 24 bridge repair or replacement projects in Region Three in this three-year multimodal program are funded through the final year of the Better Bridges bond program.
Construction is to begin in 2014, if approved, on 1.7 miles of roadway located just south of Spring Creek to north of Lovers Lane.