The project encompasses the improvement of approximately 12 miles of S.R. 16 (U.S. 41-A) between S.R. 64 in Shelbyville and the Tullahoma City Limits. An existing principal arterial route, “Highway 41-A” connects Shelbyville in Bedford County, Tullahoma in Coffee County and Winchester in Franklin County. Upon request from local elected officials, The Tennessee Department of Transportation agreed to study the existing route for possible operating deficiencies. When the study was completed in May of 1996 and documented in an Advanced Planning Report, the twenty (20) year traffic projections were applied to the existing route conditions. It was determined that if the route were not improved, a projected increase in traffic congestion and accidents would occur and overall safety would be impaired. The department recommended increasing the number of lanes; increasing lane, structure and shoulder widths; and improving the route deficiencies.
The remaining section to be built is from State Route 64 east of Shelbyville to State Route 276. This 5 plus mile section will be divided into two sections for construction:
State Route 64 to Jenkins Road
Jenkins Road to State Route 276
Both sections are not programmed for construction at this time.
Looking east on SR 16 at SR 64 Intersection.