TDOT opens six more miles of State Route 840

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 6:37pm

Motorists on Interstate 40 hoping to breeze around Nashville traffic got six miles closer Wednesday when state and local officials officially opened another segment of State Route 840.

The new portion of the 78-mile southerly bypass connects Highway 100 to State Route 46 near Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County. Just 12 miles are needed to complete the ambitious Tennessee Department of Transportation project that has been in the works since 1986.

View map of the completed under construction segments of SR 840

“While this section of State Route 840 faced numerous challenges, it signifies many of the changes TDOT has successfully implemented,” added Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “This project led us to form valuable partnerships with this community, and improve communication and cooperation with other agencies. The lessons learned will help ensure the final two State Route 840 projects are completed on time, with no adverse impacts to the environment.”

This SR 840 project is approximately six miles in length and begins just east of the Highway 100 interchange and extends to Bending Chestnut Road. It includes a new interchange at State Route 46 (Pinewood Road). It is part of the final 18 miles of roadway that travel through southwest Williamson County, and will eventually connect to the existing section of SR 840 west of Interstate 65.

The remaining section of State Route 840, which stretches from Bending Chestnut Road to State Route 6 (US 31/Columbia Pike), is expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2012.
 

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5 Comments on this post:

By: BlueCollarGuy on 10/27/10 at 7:29

More than 12 miles are needed to complete the project. They forgot the northern loop!

By: jwk6179 on 10/28/10 at 6:22

The Northern Loop of SR-840 has been put on hold, indefinitely, so it may never be built in our lifetime. When you consider that the preliminary planning and work on SR-840 (then known as I-840) started almost 25 years ago and the Southern Loop isn't expected to be finished until 2012, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting on the start of construction of the Northern Loop.

By: Kosh III on 10/28/10 at 6:44

The northern loop is not going to happen. Bredesen said as much early in his term.

By: PKVol on 10/28/10 at 8:21

The northern route is not feasible for the reduction of traffic through Nashville due to the way I-40 'bend' through middle Tennessee. The completion of the southern SR-840 route (which should qualify for renaming to I-840 after completion) should greatly reduce the semi-tractor traffic going through Nashville. While the route will be slightly longer, the truckers should be more than willing to use the route so they won't have to negotiate the traffic, merges and lane-changes now necessary to traverse Nashville.

By: JDG on 10/28/10 at 1:32

Did anyone send a bill to robert cotton for the untold millions he cost the state?