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Road projects slated for spring finish

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Jan 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Tennessee Department of Transportation officials anticipate two significant road projects in Wilson County will be finished this spring.

According to TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert, both the widening of Interstate 40 from Mt. Juliet to Lebanon and the construction of a new bridge spanning the Cumberland River between Wilson and Sumner counties on Highway 109 should be complete by spring.

"We hope to have [the I-40 widening] finished by this spring. All we have left to do is paving and signing. We are waiting for warmer weather and the asphalt plants to reopen to accomplish the paving," Lambert said.

The other project, creating a new bridge over the Cumberland River, is expected to be ready for traffic in early spring, according to Lambert.

"Once traffic is shifted onto the new bridge, it will run one lane in each direction until all the bridge work is completed. The old bridge will be imploded sometime later this summer," Lambert said.

The estimated cost of the new bridge is $29 million. The bridge will extend 1,600 feet and include four lanes of traffic with sidewalks on each side.

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