Morrison Street could be the first designated bike route in the city of McMinnville.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is planning to resurface a 2.79-mile stretch of Morrison Street next year and is offering to include a bike lane.
“We are finalizing the plans for the project,” said TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn. “Our project planners have asked McMinnville officials if they want a bike lane included as part of the resurfacing project that would be done through an enhancement pavement marking and signing plan.”
No exact date was given for the resurfacing project.
“There would be no physical barrier separating the bike lane from traffic and there would be no need to acquire additional property,” said Flynn. “The road will not be widened as part of this resurfacing project.”
McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the offer during its most recent session.
“Katie Kemezis has been helping with Bike McMinnville,” said Mayor Ben Newman. “We need to tell TDOT if we would like a bike lane on Morrison Street, I think, to the high school where the city limit ends. There would be no cost to the city for this. I think we need to send in a sketch to them of what we want to do.”
Members unanimously accepted TDOT’s offer for a bike lane on Morrison Street and gave Kemezis authority to be the contact person between city and state.