Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will join state and local officials on Tuesday, December 18 to break ground on the Mack Hatcher Northwest Quadrant project.
The project is a 3.6- mile quarter circle, extending the Parkway across Hillsboro Road to meet Highway 96 near Westhaven. Construction will begin in early 2019.
The $45 million project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.
The completed project will include:
- New two-lane roadway from Hillsboro Road (US 431/SR 106) to SR 96 on the west side of Franklin
- 12-foot wide multi-use path
- Half-mile long bridge that spans the bend in the Harpeth River.
This particular project has been a long time coming. TDOT began an extension study in 2009. Once complete, the extension will allow thousands of commuters to bypass downtown Franklin. A TDOT April 2015 study showed it anticipates the average daily traffic around Mack Hatcher Parkway to range from 7,400-37,000 vehicles per day in 2020.