SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – A massive construction project to widen Duplex Road and ease traffic problems in Spring Hill is slowly progressing.
The city is currently in the right-of-way acquisitions phase, which could be a long one before the Tennessee Department of Transportation can begin to widen the road.
The project will reportedly involve a three-mile stretch of road between Interstate 65 and Highway 31.
For years, people living along Duplex Road and those who travel the busy street have said it needed to be widened.
The City of Spring Hill has had a contract with TDOT for Duplex Road construction for nearly 10 years.
Abby Flick and her fiancé James Carter live in a duplex they rent in the 2000 block of Duplex Road. The couple shares the home with their three young children.
Flick and Carter told News 2 “the project is literally knocking on their door.”
Carter said they first received notice about the widening plans last year.
The couple was told construction would cut through their front yard and the road would be just 17 inches in front of their home, according to Carter.
Two weeks ago, the couple says they were told they would soon be getting a 90-day notice to leave the property.
The problem is the young family doesn’t have a place to go and has not been able to find another home they can afford to rent in Spring Hill.
They say they don’t disagree that something needs to be done to Duplex Road but Flick and Carter, like some of their neighbors, are frustrated by the lack of information they’ve received.
Spring Hill City Administrator Victor Lay told News 2, “The right of way acquisition has been and will continue to be a very long process. There are approximately 200 properties that have some amount of acquisition required.”
He says the city and CDM Smith Engineering Company must follow the TDOT mandated Uniform Relocation Act process, which guarantees proper notice and proper procedure in all of the acquisitions.
“To our knowledge, that process has been followed to the letter,” said Lay.
City leaders tell News 2 they have not established a timeline for the project.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the process is encouraged to contact Spring Hill City Hall at 931-486-2252.