State Route 840 to be completed in November

State Route 840 to be completed in November (Image 1)
State Route 840 to be completed in November (Image 1)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's top transportation official says that a road construction project that has been on the books since 1986 will finally be completed in November after years of construction and environmental delays.

John Schroer, the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said on Tuesday that the final 14 miles of State Route 840 will be open to the public on Nov. 2 and will complete a 78-mile southern loop around Nashville that runs through Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties.

The Tennessean reports that before the public opening, bicyclists will be invited to traverse the last section of the roadway on Oct. 13.

Concerns over the road's environmental impact particularly in Williamson County prompted lawsuits that delayed construction for years.

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