Interchange Grant Agreement Approved
This week, Spring Hill approved a grant agreement with the Federal Highway Administration for the use of $25,000,000 of federal dollars to be spent constructing a new interchange at I-65 and Buckner Rd.
Full Schedule for interchange construction as follows:
End of Preliminary Engineering: January 31, 2020
Completion of NEPA: January 31, 2020
Start of Final Design: September 30, 2020
Completion of Final Design: April 30, 2022
Start of Right of Way Acquisition: February 1, 2021
End of Right of Way Acquisition: February 1, 2022
Construction Contract Award Date: September 30, 2020
Construction Start Date: May 1, 2022
Construction Completion and Open to Traffic Date: May 1, 2024
Spring Hill’s new interchange will be a diverging diamond, a style that has been used with great success nationwide, but still relatively new to Middle Tennessee. TDOT is currently constructing the same style interchange at Hickory Hollow and I-24 . Highway 66 and I-40 in East Tennessee is also a diverging diamond.
Ambulance Bids Rejected
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen rejected three bids received for City wide Ambulance/EMS services beginning in 2020.
Two bids from private companies (First Call and AMR) included an ask of over $550,000 in annual subsidy payments in addition to patient billings. Spring Hill has never paid a subsidy for Ambulance/EMS services.
The third bid came from Williamson County EMS, but unfortunately was incomplete, and required to be rejected according to bidding rules. Williamson County did not ask for a subsidy.
Since all bids were rejected, the Board will decide at a future meeting whether to re-bid the service, or pursue a different solution.
You can see all three bids here .
Rippavilla Master Plan
In 2017, the City took possession of the Rippavilla mansion along with the surrounding 98 acres. As part of the donation agreement, the City agreed to prepare a Master Plan for the property that will ultimately be approved by the Land Trust of Tennessee.
To be clear, this Master Plan IS NOT a plan to develop the property. The Master Plan is to serve as a guide to improvements to the site, facilitate historic interpretation of the grounds, provide a safe and enjoyable visitor experience, and protect and preserve the historical significance and resources of the mansion.
If you’re interested, you can read the full request for qualifications in this link.
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