Construction was scheduled to begin Tuesday on the Walnut Grove Road construction project. Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said it was just the beginning of a three-year journey. Drivers in the already congested road should be prepared for slowdowns.
"This is not a project of if you build they will come," said Pamela Marshall of TDOT. "They're already here."
Regular drivers on Walnut Grove said they know why TDOT is working to expand the road. Nearly 60,000 people traverse Walnut Grove daily.
Unfortunately, it will only get worse before it gets better for drivers trying to access I-240, as well as the workers and patients at Baptist Hospital, and the 900 students and staff at Christian Brothers High School. Officials at Christian Brothers took a light-hearted view of the construction.
"Carpool, leave early, and if somebody does not have to be in this section of Walnut Grove Road at rush hour, please find an alternative route," said Brother Chris Englert of Christian Brothers. "We'll see you in four years."
Over the next three weeks, construction crews will make their way from the Walnut Grove I-240 ramp two blocks down to Humphreys. TDOT officials promise over the next three years at least two lanes will remain open in each direction.
T-DOT expects 103-thousand daily drivers along Walnut Grove within 20 years.
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