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. “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 improvement of S.R. 16 is divided into three (3) sections; (click descriptions to view location map):
- From S.R. 64 East of Shelbyville to S.R. 276 in Bedford County
- From S.R. 276 to West of Magnolia Lane in Bedford and Moore Counties
- From West of Moore-Coffee County Line to North Washington Street in Tullahoma in Moore and Coffee Counties
Looking east on SR 16 at SR 64 Intersection.