It will be 2022 before work begins to completely transform the intersections in front of Three Star Mall.
According to TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn, a bid process to extend Magness Drive to the four lane and reconfigure the intersection in front of the mall, among other changes, is a year away.
“The construction letting (bids opened) is now scheduled for spring 2022,” said Flynn. “Right of way plans were finalized in January 2021.”
The project in development by TDOT is a state industrial access road serving Motlow Advanced Robotics in McMinnville. The length of the project is 0.2 mile. The project is being designed by TDOT’s Region 2 Project Development Division.
“The project involves building an SIA road which will extend Magness Drive 0.2 miles to the intersection at US-70S,” said Flynn. “It will also modify the intersection at Sparta Street in front of Three Star Mall and install sidewalks along Sparta Street, from Security Circle to Cadillac Lane.”
State trucks will be occasionally seen in the area throughout 2021.
“TDOT is now responsible for acquiring the right of way for the project instead of the city,” said Flynn. “Before acquisition can begin, the appraisers and right-of-way agents go on a site visit to inspect the project.”
TDOT estimates land acquisition will cost $598,200. Those costs will be shared 50/50 with the city of McMinnville. During Tuesday Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, officials unanimously approved allocation of $77,400 for the next three years. Those funds will be added to the $66,900 previously approved bring the total amount up to half or $299,100.
City officials have requested that TDOT include a pedestrian traffic light at the Highway 70S intersection. It was approved for inclusion, but at city expense. That cost is unknown at this time.