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A house used to sit here, at the Hillsboro Road end of Mack Hatcher Parkway, where a 3.6-mile extension will begin. // PHOTO BY KELLY GILFILLAN

By CLIFF HIGHTOWER

The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Tuesday morning that Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway will be extended from Hillsboro Road to Hwy. 96 West near Westhaven.

TDOT released its three-year-plan showing what projects will be funded. Three projects in Williamson County were on that list.

Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway will be extended from U.S. 431 to state Route 96, a 3.6-mile stretch. Also on the list is widening of state Route 96 from Arno Road to Wilson Pike. The plan also includes acquiring right-of-way for a construction project on Wilson Pike to Interstate 840.

The Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway construction is in the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, so construction could start soon. The city of Franklin has put more than $5 million into trying to get construction on the road done. This will be the northwest quadrant of an expected 7.5-mile loop around Franklin.

The southwest quadrant is not part of the work.

Cliff Hightower can be reached at cliff.hightower@homepagemediagroup.com or follow him on Twitter @CliffHightower.

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