The Tennessee Department of Transportation is proposing a $5 million upgrade of Highway 46 from Interstate 40 to Henslee Drive that will include new traffic signals and redesigns of several intersections. The project unveiled by Dickson Mayor Don Weiss Jr. Monday evening also proposes about $2.8 million in city projects that could relocate several streets that connect to Highway 46. TDOT chose a Traffic System Management upgrade in June 2012 to improve traffic on the city’s busiest road instead of building a southwest bypass that has been pushed for almost a decade by city officials. Weiss said Monday that during meetings over the last year, that improvement project grew considerably. “Initially, we were told by TDOT that they thought this project would involve about $1.3 million. In our meetings with TDOT, it became apparent that there were more areas of concern than anyone anticipated. We identified some 16-17 areas along or near Highway 46 South from the Henslee Drive-Highway 70 intersection at The Discovery School to K-mart extending to O’Charley’s restaurant,” Weiss said Monday. The proposal includes some type of modifications at 11 different intersections, from adding and improving traffic signals to adding turning lanes. The plan also includes three “non-participating” proposals that would be funded with city dollars, which consist of relocating Barbeque Road to align with the intersection of Lewis Hollow Road, relocating Marshall Stuart Drive to align with the intersection of Oakmont Drive and extending East Christi Road to connect to Gum Branch Road and closing the section of Gum Branch in front of Cracker Barrel. “In the next month or two, I plan to present the council with a plan recommending proceeding with the city’s portion of the TDOT non-participating improvements along the route. This, I believe, is the best time for the city to move forward while TDOT is implementing its improvements,” the mayor said. Weiss said the city is discussing the possibility of obtaining some state industrial access funds to help with the city’s $2.8 million share. The mayor said TDOT funding for survey and design work has been authorized and state survey crews are already beginning work. He said TDOT hopes to bid the project in 12 months and will hold a public meeting on the plan in November. The mayor said he will begin scheduling meetings with property owners who could be affected by the city’s portion of the project.