While the proposal to reconstruct a portion of Chapman Hwy. so that it includes a turn lane isn’t anything new to Seymour, the manifestation of the project is an expected change to the community.
To provide information about the construction and to get feedback from the community, the Tennessee Department of Transportation held a forum at Seymour High School Oct. 4.
At the meeting it was explained a section of Chapman Hwy. will be reconstructed into a 5-lane roadway with the addition of a center turn lane. Four foot wide shoulders will be added on the outside which will also serve as bike lanes. Additionally, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks will also be added along the outside of the project.
The total proposed right-of-way width will be 68 feet. The current width is about 56 feet in most parts of the roadway section, meaning at least an average of 6 feet of land on each side of Chapman must aquired for the project. TDOT Assistant Director of Design Division Fred Miller said easements for slopes and construction may be necessary at many locations.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.