Construction begins on Fite Road improvements

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. -- It's a sight and sound drivers near Millington have come to dread - trains constantly going back and forth through an intersection at Fite Road near Highway 51, creating traffic congestion.

“A lot of our employees know the hang ups there,” said James Grinder, a business owner.

Grinder has run a company here for ten years and has tried to get something done about the railroad crossing, which is frequently blocked. He understands the trains have to get to nearby factories, but like county mayor Mark Luttrell, he knows they pose a bigger problem.

“It's scary when you see a train block off an artery like that, a traffic artery,” said Luttrell.

They worried about emergency responders who can't get through when it's needed most. Now construction equipment is ready to carve out a new road complete with a bridge to go over passing trains.

“It’s going to be a huge draw for economic development in Northern Shelby County," said Commissioner Terry Roland.

The project is expected to be completed in about three years.

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