Widening Jefferson Pike has long been discussed by residents who have witnessed fatalities and critical accidents for years. Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess told WGNS...
Because Jefferson Pike in both Smyrna and the Walter Hill area is a state road, also known as Route 266, it is up to the state to construct the changes.
TDOT will widen Jefferson Pike from State Route 840 to Smyrna by 12 feet and eventually add a bicycle lane. Plans to widen the road from State Route 840 to Walter Hill have yet to be approved.
Local resident John Phillips' son Jonathan died in a wreck about 12-years ago on Jefferson Pike. The accident happened directly around the corner from his home.
Jonathan Phillips, son of John and Joan Phillips, was the Valedictorian at Oakland High School in 2002 where he graduated.