Seven roadways to see improvements
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials recently toured Grundy County accompanied by Mayor Michael Brady to highlight some of the transportation issues impacting Grundy County communities. TDOT has identified funding to implement several of the identified improvements to the state highway system in the county.
“We are very excited about these projects because the safety of our citizens is always our highest priority,” said Brady. As we move forward with our economic development, whether it be tourism, agriculture, or industry, our roadways are vital.”
TDOT staff has reviewed the following locations and developed conceptual plans based on an analysis of available information to estimate the cost of addressing these needs. These projects are estimated to be delivered within approximately 36 months.
SR-56 at Adams Road near log mile 9.88 – improve roadway cross section and sight distance in the vicinity of Adams Road. Estimated cost – $2,609,000; estimated construction start date – summer 2019.
SR-108 at Grundy County High School from log mile 12.47 to 12.98 – construction of a continuous center turn lane and cross walks. Estimated cost – $1,270,000; work will be performed as part of calendar year 2018 resurfacing project.
SR-108 from log mile 8.05 to 8.35 in Gruetli-Laager commercial area – right-of-way acquisition and construction of a continuous center turn lane, curb and gutter and drainage improvements. Estimated cost – $1,750,000; estimated construction start date – summer 2020.
SR-108 bridge over Round Mountain Creek at log mile 18.2 – widen existing bridge (four feet) and rail replacement. Estimated cost – $600,000; estimated construction start date – summer 2019.
SR-56 at Phipps Street from log mile 12.80 to 12.91 – pavement marking and signs. Estimated cost – $10,000; to be installed by TDOT maintenance forces and completed by October 1, 2017.
SR-56 at Raulston Avenue and Forest Point Road (Grundy Housing Authority) from log mile 1.51 to 1.58 – construction of a turn lane and intersection improvements. Estimated cost – $545,000; work will be performed as part of calendar year 2018 resurfacing program.
SR-50 from log mile 8.0 to 11.0 – construction of 2 pull-offs for slow traffic. Estimated cost – $200,000; work will be performed as part of calendar year 2018 maintenance program.
“We have been persistent, having had numerous correspondences and meetings in Nashville and Chattanooga,” explained Brady. “On behalf of Grundy County, I would like to extend our appreciation and thankfulness to TDOT for taking the time and efforts to invest in Grundy County’s safety and well-being and will continue to impress upon them our concerns regarding the State roadways in Grundy County.”