February 15 , 2007
Williamson and Maury Officials Meet to Discuss Traffic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State and local officials from southern Williamson County and northern Maury Countyheld a meeting on Feb. 12 to prioritize and communicate concerns regarding area road projects.
Attending the meeting were State Sen. Jack Johnson; State Sen. Bill Ketron; Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracey; State Rep. Glen Casada; State Rep. Tom DuBois; Williamson County Mayor, Rogers Anderson; Maury County Mayor, James Bailey; Mayor of Franklin, Tom Miller; Mayor of Thompson’s Station, Leon Herron; Mayor of Spring Hill, Danny Leverette; and Mayor of Columbia, William Gentner.
The purpose of the meeting was to prioritize traffic concerns of southern Williamson County and northern Maury County, and to foster open lines of communication with state and local officials.
Three areas were identified as major concerns: the widening of Interstate 65 from Highway 96 to Interstate 840, the widening of Duplex Road in Spring Hill, and the widening of Bear Creek Pike between U.S. Hwy 31 and I-65 in Columbia.
“I am pleased that this many officials have decided to come together to look at the region’s traffic situation,” commented Sen. Johnson. “We look forward to working with the Department of Transportation and Governor Bredesen to do what we can to expedite these projects.”
The group of elected officials agreed that widening Interstate 65 was of primary importance. The possibility of a reduction in federal funds appropriated for the project was discussed, and Sen. Johnson agreed to contact Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s office to check the status of funding.
“The meeting was excellent,” said Sen. Tracy. “With this much support from the local officials the lines of communication should remain open and help streamline the process.”
State Rep. Tom DuBois added, “As a member of the South Central TN West Regional Planning Organization, I have personally seen the importance of meeting collectively from a regional standpoint to prioritize major road projects.”
Sen. Johnson also said that he will schedule a series of “town hall type” meetings in conjunction with local officials to discuss these projects with the community.