The Tennessee Department of Transportation is in the process of developing plans for a project known as the Portland Bypass. This project includes construction of a new segment of State Route 109 from the existing route, south of the City of Portland near State Route 76, bypassing the City of Portland and connecting back to State Route 109 north of the city in Robertson and Sumner Counties.
The proposed project is currently in the environmental phase of the process, which includes aerial survey. TDOT is working closely with state and federal agencies to complete this phase.
As a result of agency comments and input from the city and citizens, TDOT is taking a closer look at the project concept to see how the bypass will connect with existing roadways and what impact it will have on residential properties. This effort is expected to be completed by spring 2015.
Because of the additional review, the environmental public hearing will be planned for the fall of 2015. At that time, TDOT will be able to better identify the proximity of the project to local properties and how the local roadway system will function when the bypass is built.