State Officials Celebrate Widening Of Mack Hatcher Parkway
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - State officials have celebrated the opening of the newly widened Mack Hatcher Parkway in Franklin.
Governor Bill Haslam and State Transportation Commissioner John Schroer were among those on hand to cut the ribbon on Wednesday.
The project, stretching from south of State Route 96 to State Route 6, was completed and opened to traffic in May. Since then, crews have been striping, landscaping, adding signage and other incidental work.
Commissioner Schroer said he even felt the pain of most drivers who had to commute through during the construction.
“This road's important for a lot of things, but mainly for me because I drive it twice a day. And it’s really nice to have it open,” Schroer said with a laugh. “And if we can just get the city to open Hillsboro Road, I’ll be in great shape.”
Construction began in September 2011 on the nearly three-mile section of Mack Hatcher. The $23.4 million dollar project widened the route from two to four lanes, added double left turn lanes at major intersections and an adjacent pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists.