According to John Leckie, product manager at INDOT, the two-mile long project is designed to straighten out Ind. 15, eliminating a stretch of curves north of U.S. 20.
Also, a portion of U.S. 20 will be expanded to four lanes, with the hopes of helping alleviate truck traffic through downtown Bristol.
The $8.3 million project, which was initially discussed in 1983 and is being paid for through Major Moves, is going to get started in the next couple of months.
Along with funding Leckie
said that some other snags - including the clearing out of some wetlands and trees - have kept the project from taking place sooner rather than later.
"Major Moves has given us the opportunity to finally complete the project," Leckie
said the total project is expected to be done during this "construction season."