TDOT to work with Jonesborough on creek restoration project

Jessica Fuller • Mar 18, 2018 at 5:01 PM

During the process of moving Jonesborough’s town garage to make room for the park that will take the current garage’s plot behind the Jonesborough Senior Center, the Tennessee Department of Transportation proposed a creek restoration project to complement the new garage.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to put the facility on a 19-acre property on Old State Route 34 in its January meeting and a sliver of Little Limestone Creek runs through the property. When the board approached TDOT to get approval to connect a road to the facility to the state route, TDOT proposed an additional project through the department’s environmental mitigation office to restore the creek.

Town Administrator Bob Browning said the project would include things like restoring natural foliage to the creek. TDOT’s Environmental Mitigation Office takes on these projects to try and preserve natural wetlands that may be affected by state transportation projects.

While the project is still in the planning phases, Browning said Mayor Chuck Vest and the aldermen have been kept in the loop on the process, and the next step will be to come to the board for approval.

“We have a design plan for the facility we are putting in and TDOT is incorporating their design plans into ours and it’s basically done as a comprehensive project that we feel very positively about,” Browning said.

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