Signals, intersection work to be completed this summer
Clarksville, TN – With construction underway at the intersection of Edmondson Ferry Road and the U.S. Highway 41A Bypass, portions of Edmondson Ferry have been closed.
Construction began at the beginning of May, but officials held off closing portions of the road until the school year ended. Contractors will be installing traffic signals and reworking the general flow of the intersection.
Detour signs will be posted and citizens are encouraged to allow for extra time when traveling the area.
The project comes after a years-long process by residents and City officials to gain Tennessee Department of Transportation approval for signalization and other measures at the busy intersection on a key stretch of state roadway that connects Downtown Clarksville with Interstate 24 at Exit 11.
Byard Construction, Clarksville, was awarded the contract on a bid of $1,172,431 to widen the intersection, add traffic signals, turn lanes, curbs and gutters, and sidewalks on the north side of the Bypass. City capital projects money is paying for the work.
The project also will enhance the safety of the intersection by lowering the hill on the south side of the Bypass and adjusting slightly the alignment of the crossing roads. The work should be completed by the end of August 2018, prior to the start of the school year.
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said she was pleased the project would move quickly this summer.
“This improvement is a victory for the City and its residents,” McMillan said. “We heard the neighbors concerns, and told them we would study the intersection, and work with the state to do what the data indicated.”
In Summer 2016, after meeting with a citizens group, the Clarksville Street Department conducted a study that concluded traffic volumes had increased significantly because of new homes and retail near the intersection, and TDOT agreed the numbers justified the signalization.
Working with residents and improving the intersection has been a priority for Ward 7 Councilman Geno Grubbs.
“I’m happy to see this project start,” Grubbs said. “It’s a needed improvement that will make this intersection safer and help calm traffic for everyone traveling on this heavily used section of roadway.”