Sam Ridley to widen to 3 lanes each way from I-24 to Old Nashville Highway
The busy Sam Ridley Parkway will be widened to three lanes each way near Interstate 24 within a few years, Smyrna officials said.
"This is huge," Smyrna Town Councilman H.G. Cole said during a Tuesday night meeting.
The council hired Gresham, Smith and Partners to work on designs estimated to cost $650,000 to widen Sam Ridley Parkway from I-24 to Old Nashville Highway. This parkway stretch goes by StoneCrest Medical Center and numerous shopping centers, restaurants, offices and stores.
The elected officials also hired the firm to craft an estimated $25,000 design for an extension of Potomac Place that would cross the parkway and reach Chaney Road. The future Potomac-Sam Ridley intersection would include a traffic signal that will replace the one at Chaney and the parkway to prevent traffic from stacking, Smyrna Public Works Director Tom Rose said.
The town is also pursuing Sam Ridley Parkway upgrades at two other intersections: StoneCrest Parkway-Industrial Boulevard and Old Nashville Highway.