Stimulus funds help finish west Nashville road project

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 9:30pm
Staff reports

Motorists in west Nashville should experience better traffic flow later this week when Phase II of the Interstate 40-White Bridge Road interchange improvement project opens.

They key component of Phase II was the completion of a bridge and connector to accommodate traffic between Interstate 40 and Briley Parkway at White Bridge Road.

The project included the construction of two fly-over ramps to and from I-40 and Briley Parkway, three noise barriers, the replacement of the White Bridge Road bridge over I-40, five retaining walls, and the replacement of the pedestrian bridge located just west of the interchange.

Phase I of the project was completed in 2005 and greatly improved safety and the flow of traffic, but a lack of funding delayed the second half of the project.

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $32 million project is the second-largest federal stimulus project in the state. (The ambitious plan to widen a 4-mile stretch U.S. Hwy. 66 through Sevierville is at the top of the list.)

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez will make the trip to Nashville to celebrate the grand opening. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Mayor Karl Dean, Sen. Douglas Henry and Rep. Gary Odom will join him at the dedication.

8 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 9/16/10 at 9:17

And the stimulus did what? I beleve workers were hired and a road was completed. But the GOP would never admit that the stimulus was working and was needed.

By: drewjohn on 9/16/10 at 10:41

I tell you what the stimulus did. it caused over a years worth of high traffic on I40 in a place where there was no traffic before. This very expensive bridge is only helping a low volume of people to miss 1 or 2 red-lights at the normal interstate exit. Would have been much more valuable to extend the 4-lane from white bridge to Charlotte Pike where is now drops to 3-lanes (+ construction) and causes congestion. That would have helped everyone. BTW the bridge may be complete but the construction is not finished. Still here causing traffic slow downs.

By: Magnum on 9/16/10 at 11:42

Actually, I would think the GOP would argue that not enough of the stimulus funds went to projects such as this.

By: shinestx on 9/16/10 at 6:53

I think most conservatives would say "Why the H3LL should someone in California, or North Dakota, or New York, or Virginia or [Fill in the blank] pay for an underutilized interchange in Tennessee. Plus, for Mr. Swindle this project was already earmarked by TDOT, as were many other similar projects across the country. ARRA just sped up the building of this project and/or make the state of TN less discriminatory about how to spend its funds. Plus, now that the "stimulus" is exhausted and our country is three times deeper in debt (to many of our enemies), and the economy is slowing down again due to artificially "pumped up" demand, we are actually in worse shape. That's what "stimulus" did.

By: gdiafante on 9/17/10 at 6:45

I suppose the easier thing to do is ignore infrastructure altogether because it might cause some traffic problems.

We can't have that.

By: gdiafante on 9/17/10 at 7:35

This is a good analysis, with facts, something lacking on here for the most part...

By: tenn40 on 9/17/10 at 8:58

Yeah, I just saw on the news this morning that Los Angeles spent $110 million on the stimulus money (our tax dollars) and created only 55 jobs. No wonder a majority of Americans are absolutely fed up with Washington!

By: gruntz on 9/17/10 at 10:31

Wow! Only 2 million per job created. Way to go big government! Let's get more of this going so we can flush even more money down the toilet!