TDOT Commissioner Breaks Ground on Jefferson Pike Widening Project in Smyrna

Friday, March 12, 2021 | 11:02am


SMYRNA, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright joined state and local officials in Rutherford County today to break ground on the Jefferson Pike (SR 266) widening project.

The $61 million project will widen approximately four miles of the existing two-lane roadway to four travel lanes from Nissan Drive (SR 102) to Interstate 840. There will also be an additional center turn lane at intersections.

“We are happy to get this important widening project underway,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said. “Smyrna and the Rutherford County area are growing rapidly. This project will help support that growth and make safety improvements to the corridor.”

The Jefferson Pike project features bike lanes and sidewalks from Nissan Drive to the Stones River Bridge. In the more rural portion of the corridor, from the Stones River Bridge to I-840, the roadway will have 12-foot shoulders on each side.

A new bridge will be constructed over the Stones River, and the bridge over I-840 will be widened to include four travel lanes and a center turn lane.

There will be signal modifications at the intersection of Jefferson Pike and Nissan Drive and new traffic signals at Hickory Grove Road and the I-840 eastbound and westbound access ramps.

Civil Constructors, LLC is the prime contractor. Most lane closures for construction work will be between 9 AM-3 PM. The project has an estimated completion date of August 2024.

For more information about the Jefferson Pike widening project, visit

Photo from L to R: Brian Barton, Civil Construction; Keith Bratcher, Rutherford County Road Board; State Representative Tim Rudd; Steve Sandlin, representing Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron; State Senator Dawn White; State Representative Mike Sparks; Paul Degges, TDOT Chief Engineer; Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed;  Clay Bright, TDOT Commissioner; Jay Strobino, representing U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn; Braden Stover, Representing U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty; Not pictured but also in attendance, Lynne Davis representing U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais