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Smithville Highway work to start soon
Poty discusses plan
State Sen. Mark Pody, left, looks over expansion plans for Smithville Highway with TDOT representative Joe Gerhig during a public update on the road project last week in DeKalb County.
The long-awaited four lane highway connecting McMinnville and Smithville may still be a long way from completion, but actual construction is expected to be visible before the end of 2018. Tennessee Transporta-tion Commissioner John Schroer said bids for the first phase, a 3.3-mile segment of a “super two-lane,” are due to be released to contractors in late summer or early fall. Phase two will follow quickly, adding another five miles of expanded roadway, he said.