State and local officials along with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) officials broke ground on the State Route 109 widening project Friday, March 9.
The $51 million project will widen a seven-mile stretch of road from US 70 to the Cumberland River, as part of the IMPROVE Act.
Along with widening the road from two to five lanes, the top priority of the project is to put a signalized intersection at Academy Road. The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2020.
“There has been a lot of anticipation for this project,” said John Schroer, TDOT Commissioner. “We are excited to finally be able to fund this important work, which will not only improve safety and mobility, but will help accommodate the rapid growth in this region.”
State Representatives Susan Lynn, Mark Pody and Clark Boyd each spoke of the impact of this project.
Lynn said when she was elected in 2002, she began advocating for something to happen with 109. She also urged drivers to be patient and continue driving safely.
Boyd said the groundbreaking was an exciting day for Wilson and Sumner counties, while Pody said the day the project is completed is the day everyone is waiting on.
According to Schroer, this will be the third active project on 109, but it has the full attention of TDOT.
For more information on the Wilson County 109 widening project, as well as other improvements on the 109 corridor, visit the project information page at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/region-3/state-route-109-us-70-to-cumberland-river.html.
In 2016, TDOT lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. In order to not lost another member, they are asking drivers to “Work With Us.” To learn more about this program, visit their website.