Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; June 8, 2012:
Nashville, Tenn. — Following input from citizens, local and state officials and state and federal agencies, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has chosen to move forward with the Traffic Systems Management (TSM) alternative for the Southwest Dickson Bypass project in Dickson County. This decision means improvements will be made to existing roadways in Dickson, primarily along State Route 46, and a new road bypassing the city will not be constructed.
The TSM alternative consists of adding turn lanes to two intersections, synchronizing traffic signals, and evaluating the need for additional traffic signals at other locations along SR 46. The improvements are designed to reduce travel times and congestion by reducing intersection stops and delays.
In August 2011, the Federal Highway Administration approved the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) which identified and evaluated six proposed build alternatives and one no-build alternative to help alleviate traffic congestion in Dickson’s urban core. Based on input gathered from citizens at a series of public meetings and discussions with local and state officials, the TSM alternative was selected.
“With limited resources available, it’s important that we look at viable improvements to existing alignments rather than new facilities,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “I also want to make sure that projects have support of citizens and community leaders. In this case, we have identified a very cost-effective alternative that will address congestion and safety issues through the heart of Dickson.”
Moving forward, TDOT will publish a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and a Record of Decision (ROD), which will include final information and details on environmental requirements for implementing the TSM alternative. Once this plan is finalized and completed, which is anticipated in 2013, TDOT will move forward with the design phase for the project.