State continues meetings on I-24 corridor study

State continues meetings on I-24 corridor study

Posted: Updated: Oct 22, 2013 01:04 PM CDT

The last in a series of public meetings about the future of Interstate 24 is scheduled for Tuesday in the Antioch area.

The meetings are part of an effort by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to collect information on the heavily traveled corridor, which stretches 185 miles from the Kentucky state line to I-75 in Hamilton County, and to develop long-range plans.  

The highway crosses through 15 counties and major cities like Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Chattanooga. It also connects people, places, and freight lines.

Because TDOT officials don't want to rely solely on technical studies, the public has been asked to provide feedback.

More than 500 responses have been submitted to TDOT so far, with the primary concerns being congestion and safety.

The goal of the so-called Interstate 24 Multimodal Corridor Study is to find short- and long-term solutions to improve mobility and access along I-24.

Some actions already being considered include identifying and approving alternate routes for people and freight, adding lanes, providing transit alternatives, and improving safety measures.

Public input will help the state department prioritize feasible actions and determine costs.

Tuesday is the final meeting, following a series of meetings in cities along the corridor in April and October. The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crossings Event Center at 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway.

The full study is expected to be completed by January 2014.

For more information on the study, visit the TDOT project Web site.

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