By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

State Sen. Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) provided updates Tuesday for a state project to add a turning lane to the intersection of SR-10/SR-25 and SR-141/Halltown Road in Hartsville.

The goals of the project are to reduce congestion and improve safety at the intersection by improving the line of sight as drivers approach the intersection, improve signal operation, and accommodate additional traffic expected from commercial/retail development in the immediate vicinity.

The improvement project is under development with an expected bid opening scheduled for the summer/fall of 2021. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has procured the services of Neel-Schaffer, Inc. to develop the plans for the project. They are currently in the environmental and design phase of the project, preparing the necessary environmental studies and developing plans for the project.

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A project to add a turn lane at the intersection of Highways 25 and 141 in Hartsville is expected to begin in 2021, according to an update from state legislators.

This project is being funded through federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds made available to TDOT through federal fuel tax user fees matched with state dollars.

“As someone who has spent my life working in private industry, I am used to making a decision one day and implementing it the next,” said Haile in a press statement. “However, state government doesn’t work that way and when using federal dollars, many hoops must be leapt through. I feel that it is important to update the community on the status of this project and make sure that the upgrades at this intersection in Hartsville are moving forward. These traffic improvements will not only help ease congestion, but will also help prepare Hartsville to attract new development and jobs in the community.”

The lawmakers were informed by TDOT that funding for the project was authorized in late February 2019. During the initial design studies, TDOT was made aware of a drainage concern near the west end of the project on SR-10 / SR-25. A survey of the area as well as a drainage analysis was performed as part of the design phase, which is anticipated to take approximately six months to complete.

“It is important for transportation investments to be made in our rural communities to reduce congestion and improve the economic outlook of our small towns and cities,” added Weaver. “Transportation is a key component of job creation in any community, and this turn lane and signal improvement will certainly pave the way for growth in Hartsville.”

Once these studies are complete and the plans finalized, acquisition of the necessary right of way for the construction activities will begin in the spring/summer of 2020. Finalization of construction plans will be performed concurrently during the right of way acquisition and utility coordination process, taking about 12 months to acquire all the necessary right of way after which the project will be advertised for contractors to bid.

TDOT expects the project to take about 18 months to construct.