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Carroll County Commission to Vote on U.S. 79 Road Project

Carroll County Commission to

Vote on U.S. 79 Road Project

HUNTINGDON — Carroll County commissioners have a lone resolution on its November agenda. That item is the approval of a state-funded project to four lane U.S. 79 (S.R. 76) from Cutlip Lane near Trezevant to west of Syndor Road, near McKenzie. It is Phase III of a three-phase project to complete a four-lane between Clarksville (on the Kentucky border) to Interstate 40 at Jackson. The lone stretch of highway not yet four laned is in Carroll County.

The resolution calls for the county of Carroll to bear certain responsibilities and liabilities for the project.

The four-lane project for Carroll County was first introduced in 1999 in a public hearing at the new McKenzie High School. Phases I and II of the project will bypass both Atwood and Trezevant.

Design plans illustrate that the roadway will consist of two 12-ft. travel lanes divided by a 48-ft. depressed grass median. The first leg of the fourlane highway would connect the new highway near County Line Road in Gibson County and extend 3.7 miles to State Route 76. The proposed highway bypasses Atwood and ends just north of West Carroll High School. The proposal included a 4.4 mile second leg that picks up near the high school, bypasses Trezevant, then ties back into SR 76 near Cutlip Lane.

Estimated costs of the construction and right-of-way for the entire project are nearly $44 million. All costs are bore by the State.

Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates 4,530 vehicles travel the highway each day.

Carroll County commissioners convene Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Carroll County Office Complex.

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