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Sparta Highway paving
Sparta Hwy work closeup shot
Sparta Highway is undergoing a resurfacing project throughout September. An eight-mile section will be involved in the project. Pictured are TDOT crewmen Marcus Sawyer, left, and David Brown using a jackhammer to remove the reflective pavement markers from the road. - photo by Lisa Hobbs
Motorists expecting a quick drive from McMinnville to Sparta via Highway 70S might find their progress slowed somewhat this month. A resurfacing project is under way in an area over eight miles long.TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn says the project is 8.36 miles long and will extend from just outside McMinnville city limits from the bridge over Collins River to Victor J. Young Road in Rock Island.“That entire section will be resurfaced, but it will never be totally closed during the work,” said Flynn. “Traffic will be flagged while paving operations occur.”The resurfacing project was awarded to Hudson Construction Company from Chattanooga with a bid of $818,857.