PDF of TDOT’s plan to close a section of Gum Branch Road as part of its Traffic System Management plan for Highway 46.
The city of Dickson is soliciting bids for paving about five miles of city streets, including a section of road that could be closed under the improvement plan for Highway 46. Public Works Director Jeff Lewis said Gum Branch Road is included in a list of resurfacing projects for which the city is accepting bids through Nov. 4. About 2.5 miles of Gum Branch from Highway 46 to the city limit is scheduled to be paved with Surface Transportation Program funds and city dollars. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Traffic System Management proposal for improving Highway 46 includes a proposal that about three-tenths of a mile of Gum Branch Road from the intersection with Christi Drive be closed and Christi Drive be extended to Gum Branch east of the Cracker Barrel and Hampton Inn. Lewis said if the Dickson City Council agrees to the closing of Gum Branch, which is part of the TSM project to be funded by the city, then the section of road to be closed would not be resurfaced. But Mayor Don Weiss said it also is possible that the section of Gum Branch in front of Cracker Barrel could remain open to provide access to the front of the restaurant, but the current intersection at Christi Drive be closed. Weiss said he expects to present a proposal to the city council in the next couple of months regarding the city’s proposed $2.8 million share of TDOT’s plan for Highway 46. The city is taking bids through Nov. 4 for paving Gum Branch Road, Walnut Street from South Mulberry to Beasley Drive (approximately .6 miles), Weaver Drive (.4 miles), Academy Street (.1), Pump Hill Road (.1), Jones Creek Road to the city limit (.4) and North Charlotte Street from Old Pond Lane to the city limit (1.1). Also included is replacing a culvert on Barbeque Road. The project will be funded 80 percent with state STP funds and 20 percent with city dollars.