Road projects to know in the Franklin, Brentwood areas

Located in downtown Nashville, this project will repave I-440 from I-40 to I-24 and create three lanes of traffic in each direction with noise walls and safety improvements.

Located in downtown Nashville, this project will repave I-440 from I-40 to I-24 and create three lanes of traffic in each direction with noise walls and safety improvements.

Keep an eye out for these road projects in the area.



Sunset Road widening


This project will widen Sunset Road from two to three lanes from Owl Creek to Concord Road. The 0.8-mile project will also include a 10-foot multiuse trail on the west side of the road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout construction.
Timeline: late April-early May-late summer 2020
Cost: $8.9 million
Funding source: city of Brentwood






Long Lane I-65 crossing


This planned project will allow drivers to cross I-65 from Long Lane to Old Peytonsville Road, according to the capital improvements plan. Bike lanes and two lanes of traffic are included in the preliminary plans for the crossing.
Timeline: construction expected to begin in 2022-TBD
Cost: $22.6 million
Funding source: city of Franklin






Cool Springs traffic light improvements


The city of Franklin is planning to install a new adaptive traffic-control system at several intersections in the Cool Springs area, including around I-65.
Timeline: summer 2020-early 2021
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding sources: 80 percent federal grants, 20 percent city of Franklin






Regional project: I-440 improvements


Located in downtown Nashville, this project will repave I-440 from I-40 to I-24 and create three lanes of traffic in each direction with noise walls and safety improvements. The road will remain open for the duration of the project with lane closures in place.
Timeline: fall 2018-August 2020
Cost:  $152.9 million
Funding source: Tennessee Department of Transportation




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