MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Three years and counting, that's how long it's taking TDOT to finish construction on State Road 385. Anyone hoping the work will be done soon will get a lesson in patience.
A key component in bridging the gap on SR-385 is nearly done. Even so, that doesn't mean the roadway will be open for traffic any time soon. That is unless by soon, you mean next year - as in late next year.
TDOT has had contractors working on connecting the SR-385 loop since 2009.
“It's going to open up a lot of miles for the trucks and traffic for the safety and capacity of motorists,” said Nichole Lawrence of TDOT.
Area drivers are anxious to see that happen. They say it will save them time and gas. Now they're stuck traveling back roads in the outskirts of Shelby County.
“In that aspect I'm way looking forward to it. Way overdue. It's going to save me so much time every week just when I go to the north side of Memphis,” said Ken Daniel.
Right now, eastbound SR-385 dead ends at the Poplar Avenue exit in Collierville. From the north it ends at Macon Road. Nearly eight miles of dirt lie in between.
Soon TDOT will receive bids from contractors to begin work on the last leg of the SR-385 project.
“This fall, in August actually, August 3rd there's going to be another letting for the project that's going to base and pave this project. Once that's awarded then that's going to be completed by the end of next year,” Lawrence said.
In the meantime TDOT is pleading with the public to be patient.