Two new Lebanon Road projects to help with safety and traffic flow are in the pipeline and will be "100 percent paid for by the state" and "zero dollars from the city," said a Mt. Juliet official.
According to Mt. Juliet Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow, two new traffic lights will be installed in the Lebanon Road area where there are "troublesome spots." The locations are at the intersections of Lebanon Road at North Green Hill Road and Park Glen Drive.
The North Green Hill light project is further along than the Park Glenn Drive light, Barlow said.
He said plans originally were to reroute North Greenhill Road near Benton Douglas, but this didn't work out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation project will now widen North Green Hill a few blocks to secure right and left turn lanes onto Lebanon Road at the new light. He said some utility work has begun on this project and construction will begin sometime this year.
An intersection with a history of crashes, Park Glen Drive at Lebanon Road will see a new stoplight as well. Barlow said City Manager Kenny Martin submitted a grant and the city was awarded some safety funds for the installation. TDOT is in the surveying and design stage for this stoplight. He said it would be installed in the next two years.
Ray Justice represents this district that has begun to emerge as the newly-tagged Northtown District which has seen many recent such improvements and revitalization.
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