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TDOT funds four road plans
Jun 05, 2006 12:00 am
May 24, 2006 – A proposed three-year construction plan released by the Tennessee Department of Transportation on Tuesday includes funding for four high-profile Wilson County road projects – two in growth-laden West Wilson and two in Lebanon.
The proposal, known as the State of Tennessee's "multi-modal work program," establishes a time frame spanning from 2007 until 2009 for construction of nearly 170 transportation projects and programs statewide.
Four projects – three construction projects and one right-of-way purchase – will play a "very important" role in combating Wilson County's traffic woes, State Rep. Susan Lynn said.
In 2007, the proposal provides funds to improve the Mt. Juliet Interchange, widen Highway 109 from Division Street to south of Highway 70 and upgrade a 3.2-mile section of State Route 141 (Hartsville Pike).
Funding is also set aside in fiscal year 2008 to purchase rights of way for the reconstruction of a 1.7-mile section of S.R. 141 from north of Leland Lane to south of Spring Creek.
Lynn, State Rep. Stratton Bone and State Sen. Mae Beavers said the proposal bodes well for traffic relief efforts in Wilson County over the coming years.
"I'm very excited to see (Hwy. 109) on the list," Lynn said Tuesday. "It's becoming more and more dangerous, and it's just a convenience factor – people being able to drive through there, get to work and get home. It's just a very important project, and I'm happy that it's funded."
The proposal, already a part of the state's budget, sets aside funding for the reconstruction of the 2.9-mile section of Hwy. 109. According to a statement released by TDOT's communication office, the project will widen Hwy. 109 from Division Street to south of Highway 70 from two to five lanes.
Plans call for the Nashville and Eastern Railroad crossing of Hwy. 109 to be relocated roughly 500 feet to the south – a project undertaken by the railroad. A new bridge will be built on Hwy. 109 to "bridge over" the relocated railroad as part of the Hwy. 109 widening project.
The proposal's inclusion of planned improvements to the Mt. Juliet Road Interchange will prove key in providing traffic relief near Mt. Juliet's Providence MarketPlace, Beavers noted.
The proposed interchange improvements will relocate two existing ramps, widen two existing ramps and provide an additional off-ramp to Belinda Parkway via a new road to be constructed adjacent to the existing eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, TDOT officials explained.
"The traffic down there … is horrendous right now, and that project is absolutely essential to that shopping center," Beavers said.
The remaining projects are related to ultimately widening S.R. 141 from Lebanon to Trousdale County to four lanes. Bone said he was pleased to see the projects included in the proposal.
"I'm happy. We've got construction money on a little over three miles of (S.R. 141) … For the other section, they're buying right-of-way, so that's always good to see that coming along," Bone said.
Widening S.R. 141 has been in the works for a number of years and is envisioned to provide better interstate access to traditionally rural counties, he concluded.
"Trousdale County (and) … Macon County people are very interested in that because that gives them better access to (Interstate) 40, and that's what that's all about," Bone said.
Staff Writer Brian Harville can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.