SR 109 Access Management Study

Study Overview

The State Route (SR) 109 Access Management Study is intended to provide the Nashville Area MPO, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and local government partners a set of customized access management strategies and a plan for coordinating access management decisions along SR-109, stretching from SR-840 in Wilson County northward to I-65 near the Robertson/Sumner County line.

The study is the first in the MPO area to place an emphasis on the development of access management strategies for an individual corridor. Additionally, TDOT plans to commission a study to evaluate the Department’s access management practices across the state. Lessons learned from the SR-109 Access Management Study will be valuable in guiding and informing that effort.


Public and Stakeholder Forums

Two rounds of public workshops will be conducted, with meeting dates and locations in both Wilson County and Sumner County for each round. Meeting dates, time, and locations will be posted below as they are scheduled. Meeting presentations and results of public involvement will also be posted as it is gathered following each meeting.

Round 2: Access Management Catrgories and Route Improvements

Tuesday, April 14
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Boxwell Reservation
Stahlman Dining Hall
1260 Creighton Lane
Lebanon, TN

Wednesday, April 15
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Portland Public Library
301 Portland Boulevard
Portland, TN

Thursday, April 16
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Gallatin City Hall
Council Chamber
132 West Main Street
Gallatin, TN

Study Background

A unique aspect of this particular state route that will contribute to the SR-109 Access Management Study and aid in its facilitation is the existence of a formal corridor management agreement (CMA) between TDOT, the MPO, Sumner County, Wilson County, and the cities of Portland, Gallatin, and Lebanon. The CMA was enacted in February 2013 and is Tennessee's first interlocal agreement aimed at providing a framework for multi‐jurisdictional management of a state route corridor. The agreement requires coordination and collaboration in land use planning, roadway design and capacity, access management, and traffic management and operations. The agreement also establishes a corridor management committee comprised of representative from each of the signatory agencies. That committee serves as the steering committee for the SR-109 Access Management Study.

The focus on access management policies along SR-109 is a direct result of recommendations resulting from the MPO's Tri-County Transportation and Land Use Study, completed in 2012. This studywas a first of its kind effort in the region to bring local governments, citizens, and businesses together across jurisdictional boundaries to conduct scenario planning for the purposes of developing or modifying local comprehensive plans – particularly the land use and transportation elements of those plans. The study’s crowning achievements were 1) the development of a shared vision for growth and development across the three counties, 2) land use and transportation recommendations for local and regional plans, and 3) a regional land use modeling infrastructure that has been used in multiple local and regional planning efforts since the study's end.

The original impetus for the study was the cancellation of the northern section of the proposed SR-840, once planned as an outer beltway for the Nashville region. While the southern loop moved forward and today is open for travelers from I-40 near Lebanon on the east side of the metro area to I-40 near Fairview on the west side, TDOT turned its focus in the northeast part of the region to improving SR-109 in order to provide additional capacity for the anticipated freight movement that 840 would have supported. The study was used as an instrument to influence the design of SR-109 improvements and to manage growth along the corridor to protect both TDOT and local community interests.

For More Information

Anna Emerson
Senior Planner
(615) 862-7157

Project Team Partners

Local & Regional Partners:

City of Gallatin
City of Lebanon   
City of Portland
Sumner County   
Wilson County 
Greater Nashville Regional Council

State & Federal Partners:

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Federal Highway Administration 

Consultant Partners:

Gresham, Smith and Partners
Philip B. Demosthenes, LLC 
Kimley-Horn & Associates 
Younger Associates

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