Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:54 AM by Darren Musselwhite
May 10, 2017 Update
This project was recently delayed because much of the original road and sub-surface material had to be replaced before the permanent new surface could be applied. When this project was designed over ten years ago, the plan was to be able to use most of the original road. When construction began, contractors realized that the original road and sub-surface had deteriorated too much and could compromise the durability and life span of the new road. Even after all these corrections, all lanes are scheduled to be open by the end of this month. Permanent striping and all details should be finalized by mid-June. This is a major transportation improvement project that is long overdue for our city and will provide tremendous benefits. Road construction is extremely inconvenient for everyone, but necessary in mitigating traffic congestion and preparing our city for future economic growth. This project was designed as a three-year project and construction began on February 10, 2015, so it actually is reaching completion several months early. Major projects like this ($6,835,000) are funded by federal funds administered through MDOT and timelines can get very complicated. Since only $1,367,000 of city funds had to be used, we benefitted greatly by using these state and federal programs and cooperating with their respective timelines, although inconvenient.
February 10, 2015 Update
Construction has now begun on this project. This widening project is long overdue for our City's transportation infrastructure needs and will be well worth the inconvenience upon completion.
September 26, 2014 Original Post
This is another long-awaited project that has been delayed for many reasons. It is about to become a reality we hope as construction should begin in early Summer of 2015. This will make Getwell a five-lane rd from Goodman north to Stateline Rd and then expanding to seven lanes at the actual Tennessee state line.
Timelines for road projects are difficult to estimate due to weather and many other contingencies, but completion is expected by the end of 2018.