April 11, 2008
Tracy and Cobb say Shelbyville by-pass is in
Administration’s road budget
(NASHVILLE, TN, April 11, 2008) – Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Representative Curt Cobb (D-Shelbyville) said today that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has included the Shelbyville By-pass in its list of highway projects for the 2008-09 budget year. The lawmakers have been working with Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely on securing the project, which is expected to be completed by 2009.
“A great deal of work has gone into securing funding for this project,” said Senator Tracy. “This project has been a top priority of both our city and county governments. As a member of our local Bedford County Economic Development Council, we have been working on this project since the early nineties. I am glad that we can expect it to be completed next year. It will boost our Bedford County economy and ease traffic flow for the City of Shelbyville.”
“This project will not only improve the safety of our roads, but it will encourage development in this area of Bedford County, as well,” said Rep. Cobb. “Good roads are essential to help our communities grow and bring in new and better paying jobs. We are pleased that Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Nicely have included this money in their transportation budget.”
“This is an important road project for Bedford County,” added Commissioner Nicely. “Construction of this route has been a priority of ours. We look forward to the completion of this project and the congestion relief it will provide to this area.”
Beginning in early 1990’s the Bedford County Board of Commissioners, the City Council of Shelbyville and the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce issued resolutions establishing the need for a bypass around the city of Shelbyville in Bedford County. Tracy was President of the Chamber during that time. The resolutions cited the continued growth of both new and existing industries in Middle Tennessee and that, due to this growth, the upgrade and expansion of highway systems was becoming a necessity. They also resolved that
the creation of a bypass would provide access to new and existing industrial and residential developments in the outer rims of Shelbyville and relieve traffic congestion through the downtown areas.
The road would create a loop around the northern section of the city. The proposed route will be a 2-lane rural highway.
“This is an exciting day for residents of Bedford County,” concluded Tracy. “We thank TDOT for making this important investment in our community.”