Construction is underway on 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:
Drop-off of equipment and products for utility installation
Continue mobilization of equipment for drilling a shaft in the median of SR 109
Installation of a camera to monitor the project and allow for live streaming of construction
Continue preparing vacant land for installation of two bridges in areas not now accessible to the public
SR 109 re-striped for the lane shift; orange barrels installed
Trees and brush cleared; erosion control measures installed
Utility, construction and/or slope easements staked
Construction office trailer on site
Demolition of homes and businesses purchased for the road widening
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.
In a 2009 engineering study, 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.