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Bypass project expected in 2022
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Nolan Ming

A large-scale project that will extend Magness Drive to the bypass and reconfigure the intersection in front of Three Star Mall will likely begin this year. 

Tennessee Department of Transportation has asked the city of McMinnville to submit its remaining balance due, which is $351,067.

“Our share of these costs are coming due,” said city administrator Nolan Ming to members of the city Finance Committee. “We received a letter from TDOT last week indicating that we need to write them a check for $351,067 by the end of this month.”

If those funds are received prior to April 1, said Ming, the project will be included in this year’s project list. 

Within that request is an estimated $260,000 for a crosswalk, sidewalk and signalization at the newly reconfigured 70S Bypass and Magness Drive intersection. 

City officials requested a lighted crosswalk, which TDOT approved. However, only if the city pays 100% of that cost. 

The remaining balance includes $77,400 for right-of-way acquisition on Magness Drive required to extend it, and $13,667, which is the city’s match on a $1 million Multimodal Access Grant that will be used to construct a sidewalk on Sparta Street for pedestrians walking to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.

The project will dead end Sparta Street in the area of Fresenius Medical Center and remove the merges on and off Highway 70S.

Officials will pay TDOT using $351,067 from the city’s Street Aid Fund.