TDOT parks Mack Hatcher extension project, gives green light to I-65 widening at Goose Creek
By Skip Anderson, Managing Editor
Franklin City Administrator announced to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has not included in its three-year Transportation Plan the long-awaited project to extend Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway.
“It was disappointing to learn that the Mack Hatcher NW Extension Project was not listed as part of this plan,” City Administrator Eric Stuckey wrote in an April 19 memo to BOMA.
Stuckey said the three-year plan has fiscal flexibility in its second and third years, which might lend hope to shovels turning dirt in 2014 or 2015. Toward that end, Stuckey wants to keep the plans from gathering dust.
“We will continue to work with TDOT to update the plans to ensure this project is ready for construction in the event funding becomes available,” Stuckey wrote.
“The Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway … is the primary transportation concern of the city of Franklin,” according to TDOT’s website. “Due to huge demands on current and future traffic, local and state officials have requested for TDOT to improve the existing route and study the feasibility of extending the parkway to the western portion of Williamson County. This action would create a complete loop around the city, avert traffic away from downtown Franklin and provide motorists access to other major routes in the area.”
In the same memo, Stuckey announced that TDOT “will bid additional widening of I-65 and the Goose Creek interchange reconstruction/enhancement later this year. This is a substantial project and we are pleased that it continues to move forward.”
Posted on: 4/22/2013