Carroll County residents look a look the proposed upgrade of State Route 76 (U.S. 79) during a public meeting Thursday at West Carroll High School.
Representatives of the Tennessee Department of Transportation answered questions about the proposed right of way, listened to the citizens’ comments, and allowed citizens to submit their comments in written form to the department.
This project has been broken down into three smaller projects. Section 1 begins at Cades-Atwood Road near the Gibson County line and ends at SR-77. Section 2 begins at SR-77 and ends at Cutlip Lane. Section 3 begins at Cutlip Lane and ends near Sydnor Road in McKenzie.
These design features may be included in this project:
- Widening SR-76 from a two-lane highway to a divided four-lane highway
- Realigning SR-76 to the southeast of Atwood and Trezevant
- Widening SR-76 to a five-lane highway to connect with the existing five-lane in McKenzie
Large maps of Section 1 were displayed on the wall of the school’s cafetorium. The map illustrated the structures that will be affected by the new divided four lanes as it connects near the Carroll-Gibson County line in Atwood. The posted maps illustrated construction would begin at the county line and extend to State Route 77 just west of the West Carroll Special School District Board of Education office. A total of nine residences would be affected on the 3.7-mile stretch, said Nichole Lawrence of TDOT. Lawrence resides in McLemoresville. The roadway bypasses the business district of Atwood.
Detailed maps of the roadway from State Route 77 to Cutlip Lane
Eventually, the proposed construction will extend from the county line to near Sydnor Road in McKenzie – essentially joining the five contiguous lanes in McKenzie to the newly improved and widened section of SR 76 in Milan.
The purpose of this project is to improve SR-76 from Milan, Gibson County to McKenzie, Carroll County. The total project length is 12.6 miles. The proposed project alignments are a result of a concerted effort to maximize safety, reduce adverse human and environmental impacts, and increase traffic capacity.
The project is currently in the design phase. Design plans are being developed. Since this project has been broken down into three smaller projects (which are explained in the Project Home tab), there will be three separate public meetings held in their respective communities to discuss the design with the communities.
Timeline Dates. Environmental Document Approved – May 2001; Preliminary Design Began – July 2012; Public Design Meeting – Late Spring 2013; Preliminary Plans Finalized – Summer/Fall 2013; Right Of Way Finalized – fall 2014; Right of Way Phase Begins – Winter 2014.
*This is the first of three public meetings. This meeting will cover section 1, with meetings for sections 2 and 3 coming in the summer and fall of 2013.
**Sections 2 and 3 will most likely not develop in parallel with Section 1. As the later dates for Section 2 and 3 are known, they will be shared.