Letter Writing Campaign Request
Citizens of Hohenwald and Lewis County have talked for years about the importance of the completion of Hwy. 412. The actual bill to change Hwy. 412 from a two-lane road to a four-lane road was passed by the State legislature in 1986 with the passage of the Better Roads program. We have witnessed the construction of the four-lane in different sections over the last twenty-seven years. During the last couple of years, tremendous strides have been made toward the completion of this project in Lewis County. The section from just east of the Natchez Trace to just east of Big Swan Creek Road is scheduled to be completed by October 31, 2013. The section from Big Swan to the County line is currently underway with an anticipated completion date in July, 2015. Both sections under construction are four-lane highways.
The last remaining section to be completed will be the 6.4 mile section in Maury County which will connect Hwy. 412 to Hwy. 43. This section is called the SR 166 relocation from SR 6 (US 43) in Mt. Pleasant to SR 99 (US 412) by TDOT. The project number is STP-166(7) 60016-1209-14. The environmental division of TDOT had a difficult time in determining the exact route, since it would be a brand new road. The decision for the route was ultimately made and TDOT conducted a Public design meeting in Mt. Pleasant on May 17, 2012 to unveil the new route. On July 25, 2013, TDOT conducted a Right-of-Way public meeting in Hampshire to discuss the procedures for the purchase of ROW for the project. It was at this meeting we were informed the money to purchase the four-lane ROW was already appropriated and the purchase of property would begin shortly. The purchase of ROW is to be totally completed by December, 2014.
The construction portion of the project is planned to be let for bid in February, 2015, as long as it is funded by the State Legislature. There are two major problems with this project. One is the project is not in the Governor’s three-year construction plan. We must persuade Governor Haslam and TDOT Commissioner Schroer to put this project in the three-year plan for 2015-2017, which will be presented to the State Legislature in April, 2014. We must further ensure the State Legislature funds the construction in Maury County in 2015, so we can finally connect with Hwy. 43 in Mt. Pleasant. The second problem with this project is whether TDOT is going to construct two, three, or four lanes. There are currently discussions at TDOT as to whether this section needs to be a four-lane highway based on the amount of daily traffic, or whether a two or three-lane would suffice. My contention is that the State has spent close to 100 million dollars on a four-lane road from the City of Hohenwald to the Lewis County line which has the exact same amount of daily traffic, then why wouldn’t the State construct a 6.4 mile section of four-lane road to connect to the four-lane at Hwy. 43?
There are many reasons why the completion of a four-lane hwy. connecting Hohenwald and Hwy. 43 is critical for Hohenwald/Lewis County. Let me share with you two reasons. The first reason is safety. There are numerous residents who travel Hwy. 412 daily going to their employment, doctor’s appointments, attending school or a multitude of other reasons. There are on average 5.5 ambulance transports per day of our residents. There is no doubt the travel would be much safer and quicker on a straighter four-lane road compared to the existing curvy two-lane road we travel. The second reason the four-lane is critical is economic development. In discussion with potential companies looking to come to our city, the first or second question from them is “how close are you to a four-lane hwy.?” It will increase our opportunities with companies of all sizes if this four-lane is completed.
I am seeking your assistance in a letter writing campaign to our State officials. I am asking that each person write a respectful personal letter explaining what the construction of a four-lane road from the County line to Hwy. 43 would mean to you. Their addresses are below:
Governor Bill Haslam TDOT Commissioner John Schroer
1st Floor, State Capitol James K. Polk Bldg., Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37243 505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243
State Senator Joey Hensley State Representative Vance Dennis
301 6th Avenue North 301 6th Avenue North
Suite 309, War Memorial Bldg. Suite 102, War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243 Nashville, TN 37243
Please let your voices be heard in contacting our State officials. I thank you in advance for your assistance in helping to make our four-lane Hwy. 412 a reality. If you have any questions, or if I can be of assistance to you in anyway, please let me know by contacting my office at (931) 796-2231.
Johnny Clayton, Mayor
City of Hohenwald