Mack Hatcher extension, Franklin Road: road projects to watch in Franklin, Brentwood

Construction on the northwest portion of Mack C. Hatcher Parkway is underway near Hillsboro Road.

Construction on the northwest portion of Mack C. Hatcher Parkway is underway near Hillsboro Road.

Mack C. Hatcher northwest extension on track to open in late 2021

Construction of the Mack C. Hatcher Parkway extension remains on pace to be completed by November 2021, according to officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT employees along with Williamson County officials met July 19 for a progress update on the project currently under construction west of Hillsboro Road near the Harpeth River.

The $45 million project will extend the perimeter highway from Hillsboro Road just outside downtown Franklin to Hwy. 96 West near the Westhaven development. When finished, it will have four lanes with a median.

On the Hillsboro Road side of the project, workers are constructing a 35-foot-high, half-mile bridge over the flood plain. There will also be a multiuse trail for pedestrians and bikers alongside the extension, according to TDOT.

“From time to time, this whole area goes underwater,” TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges said. “We’ve got to make sure the road doesn’t.”

Between 50 and 60 workers are on-site each day, according to the contractor, Mississippi-based Eutaw Construction. Near Del Rio Pike, utility work is ongoing, and TDOT officials said residents should be able to see progress on the road soon.

“You’re seeing the positive impact of the IMPROVE Act,” said State Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, referring to the gas tax increase passed in 2017 that raises additional money for state infrastructure projects.

Crockett Road line replacement

The project will span along Crockett Road from Raintree Parkway to O’Hara Drive and will replace 3,350 feet of water pipe. The project is part of the city’s 2020-25 Capital Improvements Plan. Residents can expect occasional traffic delays from construction, although much of the work will take place away from the roadways, according to a news release from the city.

Timeline: July-December
Cost: $789,000
Funding source: city of Brentwood

Franklin Road widening

Lane closures continue along Franklin Road from Concord Road to just past Moores Lane as crews work to widen the road from two to five lanes. The road will feature a continuous center-turn lane, a 10-foot multiuse path and signalization at Davenport and Holly Tree Gap roads. Delays along the route are expected as closure reduces traffic to one lane in some areas.

Timeline: 2017-21
Cost: $26.7 million
Funding sources: TDOT, city of Brentwood



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