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VOL. 36 | NO. 44 | Friday, November 02, 2012

After 26 years in the works, 840 highway complete

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FRANKLIN (AP) - State officials say a 78-mile stretch of highway that loops south of Nashville and has taken 26 years to finish will ease traffic congestion and be a boost for the economy.

Gov. Bill Haslam officially opened the final portion of State Route 840 on Friday. Former Govs. Don Sundquist and Winfield Dunn and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander attended the event.

It took about $750 million to construct the divided highway that runs from Interstate 40 near Dickson to Interstate 40 near Lebanon.

The project began during the Alexander administration, but the section through Williamson County was slowed by litigation over environmental issues and regulations.

Haslam said it takes a while for big things to happen in government.

The road was to open to automotive traffic at 6 p.m. Friday.