By Becky Jane Newbold
Final paving of an ongoing highway project in Lewis County began last week and is estimated to be completed in the next several weeks.
Contractor Highways Inc. began the work in February 2013 on 3.24 miles of SR 99 (Highway 412 East). The project, from Swan Creek Road to the Lewis/Maury County line, is the last phase in eastern Lewis County of a four lane connector program approved by the Tennessee Legislature in 1986.
Final costs will not be available until the project is complete, officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said this week. The five lane road was bid at $17,650,630.79.
A contract for the next phase was awarded to Jones Bros, Inc. which is an interchange at SR 166 and US 43. The low bid was $14,443,203.31. The interchange has a contract completion date of April 30, 2019.
A new road that will connect the Lewis County Road to US 43 via SR 166 near Mount Pleasant is planned for four lanes, TDOT Community Relations Officer Kathryn Schulte confirmed this week. That project is in the ROW (Right of Way) acquisition phase and has not been funded for construction.
The interchange project scheduled for April 2019 completion will tie in the new road, which will begin at the Lewis/Maury County line, to US 43.