TDOT breaks ground on SR-60 project in Bradley County
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – TDOT and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning to signify the beginning of a long-awaited project in Bradley County.
State Route 60, better known as Georgetown Road is one of the most frequently traveled roads in Bradley County– but it’s in need of major improvements. Starting this month, the busy road will finally get a much-needed facelift.
This project extends from the four-lane section north of I-75 to SR-306 (Eureka Road) and is estimated to cost $53,992,362.20.
“This part of SR 60 is a two-lane with ditches on both sides. What we are replacing it with has everything. It will have five lanes, two travel lanes each way with a dedicated center lane, a new bridge over Candies Creek, upgraded intersection and signals, and it’s going to improve the safety and sight distance for motorists coming up and down this road,” says TDOT Commissioner, Clay Bright.
Officials say this project has been in the works for nearly twenty years and will improve roadway conditions for the nearly 15,000 vehicles that travel this route daily.
“There are many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and loved ones that travel this road every single day, dropping off these kids at schools, going to the stores, or going wherever they are headed. This is such an important corridor,” says Cleveland Mayor, Kevin Brooks.
For this massive project to fit into such a narrow road, the state had to purchase multiple properties – relocating residents and businesses.
“It’s taken us such a long time as far as understanding the utilities underneath the roadway and then having to go through the whole right of way buyout. We had 120 tracks that we had to purchase but through covid and getting into people’s homes and going through that process of relocating people it’s been a long process because you are moving people from their homes,” says Bright.
“Most of the newer part of the road is building off of alignment so you will have on one side the existing road as the other one is being built. Once that road is built- traffic will be shifted on that side then we will build the other side,” says TDOT Director, Joe Deering.
Work on utility relocations throughout the corridor is scheduled to begin immediately followed shortly by the construction of the new bridge over Candies Creek.
The 2.9-mile project is scheduled for completion on or before August 25, 2025.
Please drive carefully through the area.