The aerial picture shows construction of the Albert Gallatin/Hatten Track Extension at SR 109. Much of the construction is across undeveloped land, so it is difficult to see the progress. Smith Seckman Reed is taking aerial shots every few months that we'll be sharing with you.
The $36-million Albert Gallatin Avenue extension that will create a northern loop around the city. The low bid contractor hired by the City is Jones Brothers of Mt. Juliet. Major work scheduled for the next month includes:
Relocation and installation of gas, water, and sewer lines on the N. Water end of the project
Blasting is expected to begin in July at the borrow pit off Scotty Parker Road; trucks will access this pit from SR 109, not Scotty Parker Road
Installation of concrete bridge bases on the undeveloped property where the new road is going
SR 109 re-striped for the lane shift
Speed reduced to 45mph on SR 109 through construction area
While this project is funded with a grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the project is being managed by the City of Gallatin.
From east to west, the project spans approximately 1.8 miles from the intersection of N. Water/Dobbins Pike/Albert Gallatin Ave., with a new bridge over the railroad, a new signalized intersection at Blythe Ave., runs along the south side of the Sumner County Highway Department, across vacant land, to SR 109 where an elevated interchange will be built.
The latest traffic count numbers from TDOT (year 2016) show that approximately 30,000 vehicles utilize US-31E in downtown Gallatin every day, which exceeds the capacity of the existing five-lane road. The extensions are anticipated to divert approximately 12 percent of the traffic away from the downtown area and bring the average daily traffic to an acceptable level.