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Four-lane continues to experience delays
New highway to Woodbury now expected to open in November
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A gas line issue has created a roadblock for opening the new four-lane to Woodbury. The completion date is now pushed back to November.
According to TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn, the issue with the gas line has caused the delay from the original Sept. 30 completion date.
“Work is not expected to complete on schedule and we are presently discussing a time extension on the project due to an unexpected gas line,” Flynn said. “The project completion date will likely be nearer to November.”
The project is a 12-mile stretch of new four-lane highway which will run from Newtown to past Eastside School in Cannon County. The new highway will replace the present two-lane Nashville Highway, long known for its dangerous curves, although the old highway will remain open as an alternate route.
Flynn said crews have been hard at work completing the highway, with much work coming in transitions where existing roads cross the new highway.
“Work began last week on paving the medians and we will continue work on completing those this week,” Flynn said. “Plans are to place the final lift of pavement on the eastbound lane beginning in Cannon County. That work should begin near the middle of the week.”
Flynn said traffic will begin using the westbound lane (those that will travel away from McMinnville toward Woodbury) before the entire highway opens. The westbound lanes are already set up for temporary traffic with signage that prohibits passing, double yellow lines to accommodate two-lane traffic and speed limit signs that keep the speed limit 55 mph while the highway is two lanes. The eastbound lanes (the part that will lead into McMinnville from Woodbury) will then be completed while traffic uses the westbound lanes.
“We are currently awaiting some final items to be installed before traffic will be shifted to the westbound lane and are uncertain on the time for the transition,” Flynn said. “Tie-ins for existing county roads and existing SR-1 (old Nashville Highway) will be completed once traffic is shifted to the westbound lanes.”