New three-year transportation plan includes construction of I-65-Buckner Road exit in 2020


New three-year transportation plan includes construction of I-65-Buckner Road exit in 2020

The construction phase of the I-65 interchange at Buckner Road is among the projects listed on TDOT’s annual three-year transportation program, which features approximately $2.1 billion in infrastructure investments for 139 individual project phases.

The long-awaited project is expected to spark the creation of a new gateway, and potentially more jobs, for Spring Hill, and reduce commuter traffic on Hwy. 31 through Thompson’s Station.

A longer-term project to improve Hwy. 31 (Main Street) also affects both Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station. Environmental studies are on the plan for 2020, and engineering work is on the 2022 plan  for work on Hwy. 31 (SR-6) from Duplex Road in Spring Hill to I-840 in Thompson’s Station.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright released the three-year plan on Thursday morning.

“Investing in infrastructure is an important part of driving economic opportunity throughout our state,” Gov. Lee said. “This funding, particularly for rural Tennessee, will help to keep Tennesseans safe.”

Also on the plan is engineering in 2022 for the reconstruction of the I-65 interchange at Moores Lane in Brentwood, and engineering in 2021 for the south quadrant of Mack Hatcher Parkway from Hwy. 96 East of Franklin to Columbia Avenue (SR-6) at the south end of Franklin.

The program provides support for Gov. Lee’s first Executive Order by funding work on 86 highway and bridge projects in economically distressed and at-risk counties. Seventeen of those bridges are on the state highway system, with the other 74 on local roads. Among those projects are five bridges in Maury County, including  the Vestal Hollow Road bridge over Leiper’s Creek, and the Algie Sewell Road bridge over Leiper’s Creek.

The program also provides funding for transit agencies in all 95 counties, as well as Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations.

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