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Smyrna Wants Interchange Proposal Plan Approved

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The town of Smyrna wants to help ease rush hour traffic with a new interchange along I-24 at Rocky Fork Road.

The city recently approved a nearly 20 percent property tax increase, with some of that money going toward the city's savings accounts.

City officials said the boost would help put the city on solid financial ground and help pay for the interchange project in the future.

However, the Federal Highway Administration has already turned down the interchange proposal once, and town leaders said they don't know if they'll get the approval in the end.

Town officials said they need the money from taxpayers in advance to help with not only the interchange if they're allowed to go forward with it, but other projects as well.

"The interchange is our first priority, and if we get the approval, we have to be ready with engineering and paying for right of ways, so we can't just wait and then figure out how to accomplish that," said Mark O'Neal, Town Manager.

O'Neal said even if the feds approved the project today, construction wouldn't begin for at least two years, after several design studies.

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