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Several local road projects near completion

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Tennessee Department of Transportation workers will complete one major project in Wilson County next week.

According to TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert, construction on the new bridge across the Cumberland River on Highway 109 at the Sumner County line will be finished next week.

"TDOT will be holding a ribbon cutting for the State Route 109 bridge with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and other state and local officials Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. on the bridge," Lambert said.

Sometime later that day, two lanes of the bridge will officially open to traffic.

A second large project that has had many motorists interested is the widening of Interstate 40. Lambert said the widening is expected to be finished by June.

"Crews hope to begin paving soon," she said.

Another project of interest is in the heart of Lebanon. Information released from TDOT on upcoming projects lists one at "Cumberland Street at Main Street (roundabout design). Working with city to expedite project to move up construction schedule. City is working on ensuring no utility conflicts."

The listing refers to a long-talked-about redesign of the Lebanon Square.

According to Lambert, the project is in the early stages where environmental documentation is being completed.

"The environmental document is important to every project and required for the National Environmental Policy Act for federal- and state-funded transportation projects in Tennessee. This document basically makes sure that the project in development will not have any negative impacts to the environment."

The document is on track to be completed April 1.

"Overall the project is in the construction plans development stage and could possibly begin construction later this summer."

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