Traffic signals for Port Royal Road and Saturn Parkway to begin construction this spring


Traffic signals for Port Royal Road and Saturn Parkway to begin construction this spring

PHOTO: Drivers coming from Saturn Parkway wait to turn onto Port Royal Road. / Photo by Alexander Willis

BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

The project to install traffic signals on Saturn Parkway and Port Royal Road will finally get under way after the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced on Tuesday that the project will be open for bidding later this month.

TDOT expects the project to be completed by October 31 of this year.

In what city officials have called the single most-requested infrastructure project from Spring Hill residents, the project will see traffic signals installed at the exit and entrance ramps of Saturn Parkway at Port Royal Road, a spot that has left many drivers waiting minutes just to get off of Saturn Parkway.

Estimated to cost $400,000, construction will begin roughly two months after the bidding process following the planning phases of the project. In this case, that means construction could begin as early as late spring.

And with project proposed to be constructed on Port Royal Road that consists of 280,000 square feet of retail, commercial, office and restaurant space currently making its way through the city, traffic on that road will need all the help it can get.

Delayed numerous times, the project was recently announced to begin bidding in February before being delayed again just days later due to the government shutdown.

Additionally, the “0.435-mile project will [also] include miscellaneous safety improvements on Port Royal Road from north of Jim Warren Road to Old Port Royal Road North, including grading, drainage and paving,” according to Spring Hill Communications Director Jamie Page.

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