TDOT Project in Courthouse Area Square Begins As Revitalization of the City of Brownsville Continues

Brownsville— As the City of Brownsville continues to work to preserve the city’s rich history and as renovations and other opportunities continue to revitalize the city, the City of Brownsville and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announce the resurfacing of State Route 54 from near Thomas Lane (LM 8.62) to near Thomas Street (LM 13.62) will cause intermittent daytime lane closures. For those not familiar with the area, the project will run from the historic and legendary Helen’s BBQ, south of Washington Avenue, around Court Square and west to Rawls-Grey Bypass. This project is being done for adjustment of catch basins, concrete curb ramp retrofit, and resurfacing operations. During paving operations around the courthouse square, a detour will be put into place. This project, which is expected to be completed by Tuesday, November 30, is being fully funded by TDOT, with Ford Construction Company winning the bid for the work at $2,062,340.
“This project will improve not only traffic, but also drainage control,” City of Brownsville Mayor William “Bill” D. Rawls. Jr. said.
Rawls said this project is a continuation of the great projects that are continuing to lift the community up for economic growth to include the I-40 advantage industrial park/tourism/ local business retention and growth, the Megasite, healthcare with the Braden Health Group, infrastructure through the infrastructure bill in cooperation with T-DOT.
The recently announced Lowe’s 100 Hometowns initiative, is part of those projects, which creates a sense of pride for a vital public space – Brownsville City Hall. This project puts the needs of citizens’ first adding community spaces to house shared resources and host more spacious public meetings. As a result, expanding city hall will help to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The goal is for this to be a building that will inspire future generations.
The renovations will free up existing space for police, which is operating in inadequate spaces. This is also a project that will balance technology and human interaction, creating a community space that will unify the community and where the citizens of Brownsville will celebrate shared values. Rawls said he is thankful to all the organizations, citizens and groups that are continuing to make Brownsville a “Good Place to Live.”