Clarksville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials in Clarksville today to break ground on a project to widen State Route 13 and State Route 149.
The 3-mile, $65 million project will widen the roadway to five lanes on SR 149 from River Road to SR 13, and SR 13 from SR 149 to Zinc Plant Road. The project includes a new four-lane bridge over the Cumberland River to replace the two-lane McClure bridge.
“This project will not only address congestion and the urgent need for a new bridge over the river, but it will also tie into the future State Route 374 extension to provide an alternate route for the region’s drivers and industry,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.
The improvements for State Route 149 and State Route 13 are part of a larger effort to provide a circumferential bypass around Clarksville in Montgomery County by way of State Route 374. TDOT is currently in the development process for a new portion of State Route 374 that will run from US 79 to SR 149.
The State Route 13 and State Route 149 widening project is scheduled to be completed in May 2021.
The proposed improvements for State Route 149 and State Route 13 are part of a larger effort to provide a circumferential bypass around Clarksville in Montgomery County by way of State Route 374. This portion of that effort covers approximately three miles and includes widening SR 149, from River Road to SR 13, and widening SR 13, from just south of SR 149 to Zinc Plant Road.
Purpose and Need
The purpose of the project is to provide a multi-lane facility as part of the planned SR 374 bypass around the City of Clarksville. The new facility will provide an improved and more efficient transportation corridor between the areas to the south and the areas to the west of the city. The proposed project is designed to improve safety, capacity, and mobility for existing and future traffic.
The existing roadway of SR 149 is two lanes. The existing roadway of SR 13 is primarily three lanes, with one lane in each direction and a center turn lane, with the exception of the bridge over the Cumberland River and the two-lane section between Hawkins Road and Zinc Plant Road.
The proposed design would widen each existing roadway to a five-lane facility, including two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, a 12-foot dedicated center turn lane, 10-foot paved shoulders, curb and gutter, and five-foot sidewalks on each side. A new bridge over the Cumberland River will be constructed in phases.
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