TDOT offering school system $151,000 for property at Oakmont, DMS needed for Highway 46 project

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is offering the Dickson County school system a little under $151,000 for property it needs as part of its plan to improve Highway 46. According to documents being presented to the Dickson County School Board tonight, the state is offering $780 for a small amount of property along Oakmont Drive and $150,057 for a strip of land in front of Dickson Middle School. The sale agreements dated Aug. 6 already have been signed by Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks and school board Chairman Tim Potter. Weeks reported at last month’s meeting that he had received the proposal for the Oakmont Drive property and was expecting the proposal for property along East College Street very soon. With the board of education having 30 days to respond to the state’s offers, Weeks said he anticipated having to call a meeting of the board’s executive committee to take action before tonight’s scheduled school board meeting. The state is taking the property as part of its Traffic System Management plan to improve Highway 46 by redesigning several intersections and adding synchronized traffic signals. Weeks said TDOT is taking a strip of land next to Oakmont Drive 6-8 feet wide and about 50 feet long for the widening of the street to add a turning lane. The state is offering $780 for that land. Marshall Stuart Drive will be moved to line up across from Oakmont Drive and traffic signals will be installed. The TDOT plan also calls for the addition of a second westbound lane on East College Street from Highway 46 to Academy Street, which will serve as a right-turn lane. The department is offering $150,057 for the property in front of Dickson Middle School it will need for the project. The two projects are part of an $8 million proposal to improve traffic flow on Highway 46 between Interstate 40 and Henslee Drive. The TDOT proposals, apparently already approved by the executive committee, will be presented to the full school board tonight. The agenda also includes a proposed contract with C&I Design to expand its scope of work to include phase II of the school system’s facilities improvement plan. The board previously hired C&I Design to do the safety and security upgrades in phase I, but Mayor Bob Rial’s proposal to borrow $6 million for improvements prompted the board to move ahead with phase II. The board also is expected to get its first look at enrollment figures for the new school year and how they might impact overcrowding situations at any schools. The school board meets at 7 pm in the board of education central office in Dickson.