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Four-lane set for final paving
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Opening day is in sight for the four-lane to Woodbury, the chairperson of the state Senate’s Transportation Committee has said.State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, told members of McMinnville’s Noon Rotary Club the final paving of US70S from Newtown to near Woodbury is scheduled to start Oct. 1.“This work should be finished by the end of October,” said Tracy, with the actual opening of the new highway shortly thereafter.A Tennessee Department of Transportation analysis shows an average of 5,700 vehicles a day travel the existing two-lane US70S west of McMinnville, a stretch of highway that is plagued by curves and limited passing zones. The highway has claimed many lives and many more serious injuries to motorists in vehicle crashes for more than a century.Although the final top layer of paving is due to be completed at the end of October, TDOT officially reports contractors must be finished this December, department spokesperson Jennifer Flynn wrote in an e-mail to the Southern Standard. The 12.8-mile, $44 million project started with a four-lane expansion through Newtown.