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Public meeting set for new Highway 109 bridge

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From Post staff reports

A public meeting will be held from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 to discuss construction of a new bridge over the Cumberland River at the Wilson-Sumner County line on Highway 109.

The meeting will be in the dining room at Gallatin City Hall, 132 West Main Street, Gallatin.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation will be on hand to discuss the project. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and make comments. The public may also review the plans during the meeting.

As proposed, the project would widen Hwy. 109 for a distance of about 1.05 miles and replace the bridge over the Cumberland River. The project also proposes to replace a concrete box culvert located along the route north of the river with a single span bridge.

A notice announcing the public meeting said “SR (State Route) 109 will consist of four 12 (foot) traffic lanes, one 12 (foot) center turn lane, and 10 (foot) shoulders with curb and gutter and sidewalks with a 104 (foot) right-of-way. Widening along the route will begin approximately 1,000 (feet) south of the bridge over the Cumberland River and end approximately 800 (feet) north of Odom’s Bend Road.”

TDOT officials have agreed to use a “Context Sensitive Solutions” design approach to the new bridge making it a “Gateway Bridge” for motorists heading north to Gallatin and Sumner County and those heading south into Wilson County.

The new bridge and widening project would be funded through the Tennessee Transportation Infrastructure Improvement Bond Program of 2009. Nicely said money for the work should be included in TDOT’s funding for fiscal year 2010-2011. 

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