Norris Announces Traffic Safety Grant for Shelby County

November 27, 2007

Norris Announces Traffic Safety Grant for Shelby

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today safety improvements at the intersection of Tipton-Rosemark Road and Austin Peay Highway have been funded and should be in place early in the New Year.

At Norris’ request, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has arranged for a stretch of Austin Peay Highway (State Route 14) to get a new left-turn lane and flashing yellow caution lights at the intersection of Rosemark Road near Tipton-Rosemark Academy.

While the two-lane highway will be widened to four lanes later in 2008, these safety advancements will begin immediately.

“The survey flags went up recently. They mean improvements are finally underway which gives many of our constituents peace of mind. This will help residents of Tipton as
well as Shelby County and make the state highway safer for all of West Tennessee,” said Norris.

The safety project, costing approximately $120,000, will be funded mostly through a Federal Spot Safety Grant. Shelby County Government will also participate.

Senator Norris has worked to get this funding since the number of accidents began to increase at this location.

A former Chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer.

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