Bypass widening bids to be opened Oct. 29

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation has scheduled an Oct. 29 bid letting that includes widening of a portion of the bypass in Lewisburg.

"The bids will be opened on Oct. 29," TDOT spokeswoman B.J. Doughty said of "the reconstruction of State Route 106 from south of State Route 272 to north of State Route 50."

That's better known locally as the section of South Ellington Parkway from its intersection with East Commerce Street and Fayetteville Highway to Spring Place Road at the headquarters the county's Emergency Medical Service.

"Assuming we open bids on the project on the 29th, and a contract is awarded by the end of November, the contract completion date will be on or before Nov. 15, 2012," Doughty said. "During this project, we will be widening this three-lane section to a five-lane section [with] a new lane in each direction [serving as] a center turn lane. The project will also feature curb and gutter."

The original roadway was constructed in the 1960s, she said. At that time, enough land was purchased to add additional lanes. TDOT completed an Advanced Planning Report in 1986, which was the first step in launching the project.