TDOT Release on Mack Hatcher Project: Traffic Shift Planned on Mack Hatcher Parkway in Franklin

Franklin, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic in the southbound lanes of Mack Hatcher Parkway (SR 397) in Williamson County. Weather permitting, crews have tentatively scheduled work for the next several days to complete the widening project.

Wednesday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 14, there will be alternating southbound lane closures on Mack Hatcher Parkway (SR 397), from south of SR 96 to SR 6, in order to pave and stripe the roadway.

Currently, both newly paved northbound lanes are open to traffic. One southbound lane will also remain open during the planned paving. This shift has created a new traffic configuration for motorists who were previously limited to the southbound lanes only.

Message boards and additional signage have been placed in the area to direct motorists to the appropriate lane of travel, but drivers are urged to slow down and be aware of the traffic shift.

Construction has been underway on this section of Mack Hatcher Parkway since September 2011. Paving marks the final stages of the nearly three-mile widening project that will expand the route from two to four lanes, adding double left turn lanes at major intersections and an adjacent pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists. The $23.4 million project is expected to be finished next week.

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TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information or for traffic information in the Nashville area.

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways. The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Heather Jensen
Community Relations Officer
Region 3

615.350.4302 (office)