Montgomery County Holds Public Comment Meeting on Rossview Road Project

Montgomery County, Tennessee – Approximately 80 Montgomery County residents attended the Rossview Road Preliminary Design Public Meeting hosted by the Montgomery County Government Engineering Team on March 29 at Rossview Middle School.

The purpose of the meeting was to share the preliminary design for the widening of Rossview Road from International Boulevard east of Kirkwood Road and to seek public input on the draft plan.

The release of the preliminary design package was the first public step in many stages of the plan development process. The next steps are to assess public feedback and make any necessary adjustments that can be made..

Prior to the meeting, the engineering project team made an effort to contact all landowners surrounding the project via a notification letter in the mail three weeks prior to the meeting and used multiple news media and social media. in order to inform as many people as possible. people as possible. The extra effort that went into reaching out to those who might be affected by the road widening resulted in an above-average turnout for a public hearing of this type.

Approximately 70 individual properties will be impacted in some way by this expansion project. According to the current preliminary design, three houses would be affected enough to require a full purchase of the houses. The entire project is expected to require approximately 15.6 acres of new right-of-way and permanent drainage easements to complete the widening.

These are preliminary plans that the design team is already reviewing based on public comments received during the first public consultation meeting. The team will continue to work on the plan over the coming weeks and will be in communication with owners who may be affected.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said, This is a complex project. We need more schools in this area of ​​the county, but we also know that once the new secondary school opens, Rossview Road will reach capacity in its current state.

“The new college opens its doors in August. As part of building the school, we had to bring utilities to the site. We have a road project that transforms a two-lane road into a four-lane road with a center turn lane in the preliminary design. Several things are happening at the same time. We don’t want to waste time and money installing a utility this month and turn around in a year to move it,” Mayor Durrett said.

The Rossview Road Widening Project is located in the unincorporated area of ​​Montgomery County and is a joint effort and responsibility between the Montgomery County government and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“There were concerns from some owners during the public hearing regarding their property. The County Chief Engineer and I have been communicating with these owners through phone calls and emails and we have a meeting with them next week,” Mayor Durrett added.

The planning process will take at least until the end of this year to complete with updated plans and more public meetings scheduled throughout this period.

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