New Traffic Pattern for State Route 109 Intersection in Sumner County
Access Restricted from Old Highway 109 and Scotty Parker Road
GALLATIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will construct a new traffic pattern on State Route 109 at Old Highway 109 and Scotty Parker Road in Sumner County this week. Once the traffic pattern is in place, drivers coming from the cross streets of Old Highway 109 and Scotty Parker Road will only be able to make right turns.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – There will be a lane closure on SR 109 in both directions at the intersection of Old Highway 109.
The new traffic pattern, commonly referred to as an R-cut, will be accomplished by placing barrier wall in the center median, as well as delineators along the center turn lanes of SR 109. Again, the cross streets of Old Highway 109 and Scotty Parker Road will become right-turn only. (See attached diagram.)
As part of the new traffic pattern, some road signs will be removed, and new directional signage will be posted. Flashing beacons will remain at the intersection.
Message boards are already in place to alert motorists to the upcoming changes.
This operation comes after months of in-depth study by the department to determine possible safety improvements for the intersection. A multitude of engineering factors were evaluated including traffic, speed limit, site distance, road design, traffic movements, and crash data. After careful consideration, a decision was made to eliminate straight and left turn movements from the cross streets onto SR 109.
While the measures used to accomplish the safety improvements are semi-permanent, the new traffic pattern will be permanent.
TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.