TDOT held its ribbon cutting for North Mt. Juliet Road Monday in front of a large crowd of city officials, local business owners and politicians.
“This is a great day for Mt. Juliet,” said TDOT Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer.
Schroer spoke first at the ribbon cutting, detailing the project. The construction ran over two miles, and cost over nine million dollars to complete. It began in July 2009, and the length was due in part to the large amount of utilities issues that had to be resolved.
“This goes back to 2001,” said Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers.
Beavers said that it began with the interchange work at Providence Marketplace. She applauded the work of everyone at the City of Mt. Juliet that has worked on it, and some former ones as well.
“I have heard some of the businesses in Mt. Juliet had record sales [last weekend],” said Beavers.
Representative and former Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam recalled all the frustration that the construction caused, but is glad that the result turned out so well.
“I’m sorry, I know it’s been hard,” said Elam.
Mayor Ed Hagerty said that Mt. Juliet continues to strive to be a true edge city of Nashville and not just a bedroom community.
“There are hundreds of people that need to be thanked,” said Hagerty.
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