(NASHVILLE, TN), January 13, 2016 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced today that they have been informed that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has developed a schedule to repair and improve State Highway 30 which was washed out on Christmas Eve due to heavy rainfall. A 22-year old man died after driving into a ravine at the site where the culvert washed out.
Yager and Travis said TDOT has completed the survey for the safety project and that the new design is underway. The plan is to widen the road’s shoulders to 10 feet and add turn lanes for White Oak and New Union roads to improve the vertical alignment. New Union Road will also be realigned to come into State Highway 30 across from White Oak Road.
“This was a terrible tragedy,” said Senator Yager. “I have visited the site with TDOT’s regional director and seen the destruction. The road improvements planned will repair this road and make it safer for those who travel on it.”
“These improvements are much needed for our community,” said Rep. Travis. “We must always work to make our roads safer for all those traveling in the state, and I am truly thankful for this announcement from TDOT.”
The project is scheduled to be contracted by late summer or early fall as long as right of way acquisitions are timely obtained.