Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet officials will hold a virtual meeting Thursday to receive public input about the future $25 million Lebanon Road widening project that will add additional lanes to the heavily-traveled roadway.

The widening project is set for Lebanon Road from Park Glen Drive to east of Golden Bear Gateway. Improvements will include widening and realigning the road to five lanes, including bicycle lanes and curb and gutter.

The project includes two, 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, one 12-foot center turn lane and two, 5-foot bicycle lanes.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. To join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Contact the City of Mt. Juliet to get URL link. To join by phone: Dial: +1 (615)-843-0579 or +1 (251)-263-6741 (Toll-Free) Enter Webinar ID: 628 792 146#

Currently, the 0.68-mile stretch of road is currently two lanes with no turning lanes, except at the Golden Bear Gateway and Bender’s Ferry Road intersection. The roadway has seen increased traffic following the city’s completion of Golden Bear Gateway, according to project documents.

City officials said project development began when it was placed in the city’s capital spending plan in the 2018 fiscal year. Since then, it was included in former Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which expanded the scope and incorporated the Tennessee Department of Transportation into the project process.

The city has procured a design consultant for the project and has completed the project’s transportation report.

City leaders believe the right-of-way acquisition will begin this year or 2022, with construction possible to begin in the 2023 fiscal year, which could take 18-24 months, according to project documents.

The total estimated cost of the project is $25.3 million, with the city’s responsibility just above $1 million.

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