Road construction: It's only just begun

Friday, June 17, 2011
Construction to widen Lewisburg's bypass continues. It's to be finished Nov. 15, 2012.

Widening of Lewisburg's bypass on the south side of town is to be complete in November next year, but widening the road between Lewisburg and Interstate 65 will not be finished on schedule, a state spokeswoman said this week.

"There were delays early on this project (to widen Mooresville Highway) associated with utility relocation," B.J. Doughty, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said. "Those issues have since been resolved and work is progressing, but TDOT is still assessing the impacts of those delays on the completion schedule.

"We can say it will not meet the original date of Nov. 15, 2011," Doughty said.

When Mooresville Road is wider, the flashing light at State Route 417 (West Ellington Parkway) will continue to be a flashing light, she said.

Meanwhile, a new entrance at Cedar Ridge Landfill "has been constructed on the new alignment of SR 373 and is currently in use by the landfill," Doughty said. "The old entrance had to be closed in order to construct a portion of the new road during the project phasing.

"All landfill traffic has been detoured through the new SR 373 alignment until the new portion of the road can be safely open to all motoring public," she explained. "The department had to realign 330 feet of the driveway to tie back to the original and we constructed it 60 feet wide.

"The biggest portion of the new alignment of SR 373 will be a five lane road with two lanes in each direction... (and) a turn lane in the middle. The five lane starts approximately 1,000 feet to the east of the northbound interstate ramp and ends on the west side of the SR 417 (West Ellington Parkway) intersection. There will be no islands on the project and ... the existing islands at the intersection of SR 417 will be removed.

"Concerning the SR106 project," Doughty said about the bypass, "The completion date is Nov. 15, 2012. This project has only been underway for a few months, but grading operations are progressing well. There have not been any changes to the contract to anticipate any time extensions."