By Victor Parkins
The first leg of the U.S. Hwy 79 (S.R. 76) road widening project is progressing, said Nichole Lawrence, Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer.
Ms. Lawrence said the 4.8 mile stretch of the roadway that starts at Cades-Atwood Road in Gibson County and runs to the east of State Route 77 in Carroll County is scheduled to be completed in May of 2025.
Delta Contracting Co., LLC was awarded to Delta Contractors at a cost of $29,734,482.55 to perform grading, drainage, construction of a concrete box bridge and noise wall along the new highway.
Ms. Lawrence said Church Street (SR 220) in Atwood is closed temporarily for construction and Barker Road was closed for construction on October 27, 2022. The Barker Road closure will be permanent north of the proposed highway, however, South Barker Road will be able to access the new highway after completion.
Delta Contracting has completed 4 stream relocations and has installed 9 of 10 box culverts across the project. As of October 15, 2022, Delta Contracting has hauled 702,332 cubic yards of excavation material,” Lawrence noted.
Current plans for the project are to begin paving the first base layer of asphalt over the cement treated base as well as a base layer over Norris Robinson Loop (SR 220A) before the end of this year. Construction on the concrete box bridge on Church Street began on October 31, 2022. The box bridge has a projected completion date of February 8, 2023.
Due to the size of the project, the project was divided into three small sections.
The second section will be from east of State Route 77 to West of Cutlip Lane. That section is scheduled for letting on January 10, 2024 or possibly earlier. That section of the road will bypass Trezevant.
The third phase of the roadway will run from west of Cutlip Lane in Trezevant to west of Sydnor Rd./Winston Rd. near McKenzie – the right of way purchase phase is expected to begin in the fall of 2022.
The completed project will create a four lane highway from McKenzie to Milan.
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