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South Mt. Juliet infrastructure projects begin in June

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A Mt. Juliet city commissioner held a town hall meeting Tuesday to update constituents on several infrastructure projects that will begin in June.

It was District 4 Brian Abston's second town hall meeting at Grace Baptist Church as a promise when he ran for the seat to keep people informed because, "this district is growing so fast."

As part of a concession from the developer of three approved subdivisions on line in south Mt. Juliet, a turn lane will be installed at Providence Parkway, Abston told those in attendance. This begins in June and should be completed in 60 days.

"Also in June work will begin to repave Beckwith Road from Interstate 40 to Rutland Road," Abston said.

This should be completed in June. Adaptive signaling in the Providence area will begin in June as well, but will take to the end of the year to complete. A huge project for new lighting and landscaping at the Interstate 40 exit area begins in July, and will be completed by October, according to Abston.

In two weeks sidewalks and landscaping from Providence Landing to Providence Trail will be installed and should be ready for walking three weeks after construction begins.

Abston updated his constituents on other much-anticipated projects that will begin when the first permit is pulled for development on the three approved subdivisions in south Mt. Juliet.

"The first will be the construction of a right turn lane on Belinda Parkway onto Mt. Juliet Road," Abston said.

Also as soon as that first permit is pulled a three way stop sign at Providence Parkway and Providence Trail will be installed. A new traffic signal will be installed at Belinda Parkway and Providence Trail. As part of infrastructure improvements, developers will install raised pedestrian walkways at Legacy and Autumn Ridge, as well as Reserve and Arbor Springs.

"We are also considering a crosswalk across from the Villages," Abston said.

"And a traffic crosswalk light is proposed at Del Webb and Church. A three way stop is also being considered at South Rutland and Providence Trail."

Abston said his top priority in the near future is widening South Mt. Juliet Road from Belinda Parkway to Central Pike. He said the time frame for this would be determined by several factors based on the new developments. Early summer 2016 will see construction begin on sidewalks on Belinda Parkway to the greenway at Mundy Memorial Park, and they should be completed by that year's end.

Abston gave a brief economic update for his district. He said the Hamilton Hills office and retail development at the corner of Central Pike and Mt. Juliet Road is in the works. A new Indian restaurant called Persis Indian Grill is in the planning stages as well. Bonfire, a Mongolian restaurant, has opened. Also in the works, but not guaranteed, are Flip Burger, Amerigo's and Calypso Café.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at laurieeverett1@gmail.com

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