State Route 126

(NASHVILLE)-Representative Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport) announces today that after participating in a presentation by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) officials, of which Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower also took part, various safety improvements will be made to State Route 126 in the summer of 2010.

“State Route 126 has been hazardous for many years now.” Said Rep. Shipley. “From the moment I was sworn into office, I pledged to make safety improvements to State Route 126 a priority. After several months of discussion, I am pleased to report that these safety improvements have become a reality, and I am pleased that TDOT has put this down on paper.”

TDOT has now presented a plan that includes both short term improvements and long term improvements to the road. In 2010, TDOT will begin work on implementing and replacing rumble strips, pavement markers, and guardrails. In addition, a significant portion of the road will be resurface, making it much safer for drivers.

Long term, TDOT has recommended developing alternate routes for certain problem spots along State Route 126, along with straightening out many of the dangerous curves and widening the embankments on either side.

“These improvements, both short and long term, will save lives,” said Representative Shipley. “I am grateful to those involved in these discussions for realizing how vital this project is, particularly Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Deputy Commissioner Ed Cole and the entire TDOT staff, and I appreciate everyone’s hard work in making this a reality,” he concluded.