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Gateway to

Gallatin Bridges the Gap Between the Present and the Future

Pier seven took the longest
to complete because it was
in the deepest water and also
the tallest pier at 153'.

Welcome to Gallatin! “We’re in a prime location sleepy description just doesn’t hold true
That’s what offi cials in for further growth,” said any longer.
this Tennessee town will Rosemary Bates, Director Gallatin is a town that’s on the move. The
communicate to travelers, of Special Projects for the city’s population increased 33% between
visitors and residents Mayor’s Offi ce. “Gallatin’s 2000 and 2010. A lot of what has helped
that growth (residential, industrial and
through the new 109 Mayor, Jo Ann Graves, believes commercial) is easy access into Nashville.
strongly in controlled and
Gateway Bridge Project, progressive growth for the A short distance away, the Tennessee
which will create an town. We want to protect our Department of Transportation (TDOT) was
inviting “front door” to this history, and also want people working to build a loop around Nashville.
growing community. to grow with us.” The southern portion was completed in

The green two-lane Cumberland River 2012, but the northern portion would
Bridge, a classic example of Warren instead involve widening and improving
through-truss-with-verticals design, has existing state and U.S. routes. One of
stood watch over the City of Gallatin since those routes is SR 109, which runs right
1954. For years, the people of Gallatin have over the storied old green truss bridge and
traversed this bridge south to Interstate 40, into the City of Gallatin. According to TDOT
which spans the U.S. from coast to coast, studies, the average daily traffi c total over
and travelers have crossed the bridge into this portion of SR 109 for 2010 was 21,570
Gallatin when heading north to Kentucky vehicles. TDOT projects that the number will
and beyond. increase to 32,370 vehicles by 2030. That’s
slightly more than a 50% increase over a
Gallatin was established in 1802 as the 20-year period.
permanent county seat for Sumner County.
Located less than 30 miles northeast of The new bridge is a composite deck slab bridge with TDOT already had planned to replace the
precast, prestressed 72" bulb-tee beams and welded
Nashville, it had been referred to as a steel girders. It will have four lanes, eight piers, and old bridge, which had become structurally
“bedroom commuter suburb.” But that be 1,616 feet long. continued on next page
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