U.S. 231 North of Shelbyville has been the focus of some of the most exciting new developments in Bedford County – including 231 North Business Park; Nearest Green Distillery at Sand Creek Farm; Tennessee Downs; the new campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville; and Middle Tennessee State University’s relocation of its aerospace programs to Shelbyville Municipal Airport. Between current and potential commercial and industrial projects, there are more than $370 million in investments tied to 1,000 jobs.
To make sure this crucial stretch of state highway is adequate to serve this rapidly-growing area, Bedford County Government applied for, and has now received, a state grant to fund a corridor study. The study will look at transportation in the area, including such issues as whether a turn lane is needed between Deason and Shelbyville Municipal Airport.
The area of the study will run from the State Route 437 Bypass north to the intersection of Unionville Deason Road and Edd Joyce Road with 231. An outside consultant, selected by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), will conduct the study.
TDOT notified Mayor Chad Graham on April 19 that the county’s application had been funded. The study is projected to cost $125,000, for which the county will provide 10 percent matching funds. TDOT hopes to select a consultant by the end of the month.
The results of the corridor study will also tie in with the county’s update of its land use plan.
“Growth in this corridor is a given,” said Graham. “But we need to make sure that the infrastructure is adequate to meet challenge. Industry, health care, education, tourism and the judicial system all have a significant presence in the study area, and it’s critical that we, and the state, make the right decisions to get people where they are going safely and efficiently.”
“We’re grateful to the state for making this study possible,” said Bedford County Highway Superintendent Mark Clanton. “A thorough, professional study will provide good information about what is needed in that area.”
Bedford County Highway Superintendent Mark Clanton, left, and Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham have praised the state’s approval of a grant which will fund a study of the 231 North corridor, home to a variety of new and planned developments. (Bedford County Government photo)