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TDOT to discuss more bypass plans

Friday, June 1, 2012

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

A public meeting later this month is the first step towards more road improvements in Marshall County.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is holding the meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Oak Grove Elementary School, to receive public comments on the widening of the bypass from Walgreens to the Tiger Market.

It's part of a larger scheme to create an east-west corridor from Interstate 24 to Interstate 65.

"This is the first step," Community Development Board Chairman Edmund Roberts said. "We really want to show support."

A cost of $4 million per mile was mentioned by board member Tom Sumners. Others noted that the bridge over the railroad tracks near the Wal-Mart will be very expensive, and so will work on the intersection at Walgreens, said to be the busiest in town.

Sumners guessed a total cost for the roadwork at $25 million.

In other business Tuesday, the CDB discussed landscaping for the newly widened State Route 373.

"You can really see now where the road is," Roberts said. "We need to get Barbara (Woods) and that group activated again."

Still on the subject of beautification, board member John Murphy gave the group some pictures he'd taken of murals in towns in California, and also one of the ways Shelbyville leaders have attractively bridged a gap between two buildings on their square.

As of Tuesday, the results of the Community Assessment by the group from Wyoming had not been received, but the results are expected any day now, and will be made public by e-mail to those who attended the meetings (and signed up with their e-mail addresses).

During their meeting, CDB members were also informed of the following:

* Directional signs on the bypass, pointing the way for visitors to downtown, the Rec Center, and so on, will be tried, starting with one sign.

* The Tree City program is being organized, and people will be given the opportunity to donate trees.

* A civic group is being sought to adopt the old City Spring as a project, to clean it up and make it a landmark.