TDOT begins widening Hardin County highway
HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn — The Tennessee Department of Transportation broke ground on a project to widen the US 64 corridor, Monday. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and state and local officials attended the small ceremony celebrating the last leg of the project to widen the highway, according to a release. Highway 64 runs 266 miles from I-40 in Shelby County to I-24 in Grundy County. The route travels through ten counties, five of which are in West Tennessee. TDOT began plans to expand the corridor in 1986, investing $1.26 billion on the project. The final five miles in Hardin county will complete the route. The $44 million dollar project was awarded to Delta Contracting Company LLC., and is expected to be completed in October 2017. “The department started planning for the expansion in 1986. Studies in the 1970’s revealed a need to provide a four-lane that would enhance public infrastructure and safety, as well as facilitate growth and economic development opportunities in this rural and economically distressed area,” stated the release. “US 64 is a major transportation facility connecting cities and communities along the southern half of Tennessee,” Commissioner Schroer said. “The route plays a significant role in the local and regional transportation system.” The release said Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-District 26) and Rep. David Byrd (R-District 71) represent Hardin County in the Tennessee General Assembly and were on hand for the project groundbreaking, as well as representatives from Congressman Blackburn‘s office, Senator Alexander‘s office and Senator Corker‘s office. Local leaders, including Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis, City of Savannah Mayor Robert Shutt and our neighboring Wayne County Mayor Jason Rich were also in attendance.