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$3.3 million repaving project to begin this month

Collierville commuters will enjoy smooth drives along Collierville-Arlington Road starting this fall.

The decision to resurface the road was determined by a multitude of factors. On state-maintained roadways, the Tennessee Department of Transportation conducts regular inspections to assess pavement conditions, and makes evaluations based on the overall condition.

“The town works diligently with TDOT to preserve the quality of existing state-maintained routes,” said Public Service Director Bill Kilp. “This project will be a significant improvement to the town’s road network.”

Construction crews under contract with TDOT will begin work on the $3.3 million project in this month. The resurfacing project will improve the pavement conditions on the more than 12-mile stretch of road from Highway 57/Poplar Ave., north to Highway 62.

Resurfacing will address problems along Collierville-Arlington Road by replacing the top layer of asphalt pavement in portions of the road that need correcting. Issues like potholes, cracking, bumps and patches will be addressed when the top layer of asphalt pavement is removed. Milling the top layer of asphalt pavement allows the new asphalt to be installed at the same height as the old.

During this work, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained.

The project also provides opportunities to enhance safety on Collierville-Arlington Road by improving roadway markings, including reflector buttons and striping. Guardrails along the busy corridor will also be improved or installed as well as sidewalk handicap ramps.

Residential and business access will be maintained at all times during the project, except for when heavy machinery is directly in front of a driveway.

The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-November, but is subject to change due to inclement weather.