Photo by Alexander Willis
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Duplex Road widening project is on track to meet its completion date of April 2020, with no more full road closures planned until the project’s completion following the successful construction of the bridge by Miles Johnson Parkway. Some as-of-yet undetermined side streets will be closed, however, throughout the remainder of the project’s completion.
With construction beginning back in November of 2017, the project will see 3.2 miles of Duplex Road widened to three lanes, all the way from Interstate 65 to Main Street.
Senior project manager for the city of Spring Hill, Missy Stahl, said short of an unexpected rock that had to be broken up, the project has moved along smoothly.
“It will be really beneficial because it’s now going to be three lanes,” Stahl said. “You’re also going to have a walking trail and you’re going to have a bike trail, so it’s going to increase the pedestrian traffic for people as well.”
Regarding the trails, a nine-foot wide multi-use trail will be installed on the north side of Duplex Road, with a five-foot wide walking trail on the south.
Utilities such as water and sewer will take an estimated six to eight months more to complete, according to Stahl.
Stahl also advised residents and those using the road to take the reduced speed limit of 25 mph seriously, as its implementation was made to not only protect the construction workers, but pedestrians and drivers themselves.
Residents can continue to expect routine construction along Duplex Road from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Construction on Saturday was originally limited to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but was changed after the company working the project, Eutaw Construction, successfully requested for an exception to be made regarding the city’s noise ordinance back in May.
“[The completion date] is April 30th of 2020,” Stahl said. “As of right now, they are still on track.”