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TDOT breaks ground on state Route 96 widening project

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State Route 96 widening project

From left: TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright, Tennessee state Representative Glen Casada, Tennessee state Senator Jack Johnson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore at a ground breaking for the state Route 96 widening project.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright joined state and local officials in Williamson County Tuesday to break ground on the state Route 96 widening project from Arno Road to Wilson Pike.

The 5.8-mile, $49.7 million project will widen the roadway from two to five lanes.

“This is the start of a cross-county corridor improvement effort on state Route 96,” Bright said. “This widening project will make the roadway safer and increase its capacity to meet the current and future needs of this rapidly growing area.”

The project from Arno Road to Wilson Pike is the first of four proposed projects on state Route 96 between Franklin and Murfreesboro. The other three proposed projects under development include state Route 96 from state Route 252 (Wilson Pike) to Interstate 840, state Route 96 from I-840 to Coleman Hill Road and state Route 96 from Coleman Hill Road to Veterans Parkway. 

Vulcan Construction Materials, LLC, is the prime contractor on the project currently under construction in Williamson County. When completed, the widened roadway will include two travel lanes in each direction, a center turn lane and 10-foot shoulders. The project also features new three-span bridges over Mayes Creek and the CSX railroad.

Drivers should expect lane closures between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. during construction. The estimated completion date is July 2024.

For more information on the state Route 96 widening projects, visit https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/region-3/state-route-96.html.

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