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TDOT Commissioner Officially Opens SR-111 in Spencer, Van Buren County

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | 05:04am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer joined with state and local officials today to celebrate the official opening of the recently-completed SR-111 widening project in Spencer, Tenn.

The project widens 2.6 miles of SR-111 from two lanes to five lanes beginning south of SR-30 to south of Manus Road.  The project also includes the construction of a new bridge on SR-30 over SR 111.  Highways, Inc. from Brentwood, Tenn. was the contractor for the $11.8 million project.

“State Route 111 is a critical artery in Van Buren County and the entire region,” said Commissioner Schroer.  “I am pleased to be here today to join with our state and local partners to celebrate the successful completion of this important project.”

Another widening project on SR-111 in Van Buren County is slated to be underway this year.  Bids are scheduled to be opened in the fall for reconstruction of a 2.8-mile section of SR-111 from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road.  Once that project is complete, SR-111 will be either four or five lanes throughout the entire county.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at or call 5 1 1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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