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SR 840 Opens, Cycling Event Planned To Celebrate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- State Route 840 has been in the works since the 1980s and on Tuesday officials announced a completion date for the project.

Planning for the roadway first began in 1986 and was delayed nearly seven years because of environmental and historical concerns.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that SR 840 will be open for traffic on November 2nd. Before the road is opened for cars and trucks, cyclists were invited to take part in a nice open ride down a pothole-free 840.

"It's a great opportunity to ride a road that nobody will ride on again that that's done because it'll be limited access -- and it'll be the smoothest pavement possible because no trucks other than the construction trucks have been on it. So we're excited about it and I think our cyclists will be really excited about it too," said John Schroer, TDOT Commissioner.

That cycling event, called a Gran Fondo, will be on Saturday, October 13th.

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