Highway 111 widening project finally completed after nearly four years

By | November 9, 2017 8:49 am

Last Updated: November 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

After years of construction on the multi-lane Highway 111 expansion project, all lanes of traffic have officially been reopened as the project has come to a completion. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

A noticeable change finally shows the light at the end of tunnel is near, as all four lanes of traffic in the Highway 111 widening project construction zone have been reopened.

An ever-continuing extended deadline for the Highway 111 widening project has finally been met, as the Tennessee Department of Transportation conducts its final project inspections.

After missing its deadline in August, TDOT was convinced the contractors would keep their latest October deadline. Thanks to the good weather, according to TDOT, the project has finally been completed by the contractor, Jones Bros. Construction.

The multi-lane expansion project was commissioned by the TDOT and originally started in December 2013. The original projected completion date for this project was scheduled for Nov. 30, 2015.

After missing the original completion date, a new date was scheduled for August 2017. However, the contractors were unable to keep that project completion date as well. Therefore, TDOT moved the completion date to the end of October 2017.

According to Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Jennifer Flynn, “The contractor [Jones Bros. Construction] recently completed the center barrier wall and has utilized the good weather to complete the final paving and pavement markings.”

Flynn stated that TDOT project engineers are now conducting their final inspections for this project. If any issue is found during these final inspections, it will be placed on a punch list and given to Jones Bros. Jones Bros. is responsible for addressing any outstanding items on the list.

All lanes four of traffic have officially been reopened. The speed limits have also been reset for the new stretch of roadway. Safety barrels will remain on the side of the roadway until Jones Bros. is completed with the final inspection punch list.

This TDOT project has widened nearly three miles of Highway 111, from south of Manus Road to south of State Route 285 near Double Bridges Road, in Spencer. The newly constructed roadway has officially expanded this section of Highway 111 to five lanes, dedicating two lanes for each direction of travel and a proportional turn lane in the center.

This widening project has cost approximately $20 million, according to TDOT project officials. The project has been under the management of Jones Bros. Inc., located in Mount Juliet.

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