Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright led the groundbreaking last week on the first phase of the State Route 96 widening project from Arno Road to Wilson Pike (SR 252).
The 5.8-mile, $49.7 million project will widen the roadway from two to five lanes. Only Phase One is currently under construction.
There are four proposed projects on SR 96 between Franklin and Murfreesboro.
The other three proposed stages are:
SR 96 from SR 252 (Wilson Pike) to Interstate 840;
SR 96 from I-840 to Coleman Hill Road;
SR 96 from Coleman Hill Road to Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro.
“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.”
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 bridges over Mayes Creek and the CSX railroad.
The estimated completion date is July 2024.