Veterans Parkway is a vital link to the success of the West Tennessee Regional Business Center in Millington, Tennessee. The new road forms an eastern bypass around the city to connect the business center with US-51 to the west and indirectly with Paul Barret Parkway (future I-269) to the south. It also provides access to the Canadian National Railroad and the Millington Jetport within the business park. The original Veterans Parkway was only a third-mile long, extending north into the business park from Navy Road.
The construction project was comprised of two parts:
- A 2.4-mile section that continues the parkway north from Navy Road, then turning west toward US-51, crossing over the railroad with a bridge, crossing over an unnamed stream with a bridge and connecting to US-51 with a realigned West Union
- A 0.6-mile section that heads south from Navy Road, then crossing the North Forked Deer Creek with a bridge and aligning with Raleigh-Millington Road just north of Paul Barret Parkway
Veterans Parkway, the state’s largest local program project to date, included the construction of 3.27-miles of five-lane roadway, 1,300 feet of bridges, two box culverts, a temporary cofferdam, 900 feet of noise barrier wall, a railroad crossing improvement, and two traffic signalized intersections. To alleviate community concerns, SSR facilitated bi-weekly utility and progress meetings in Millington. Additionally, project newsletters were distributed to stakeholders and the project website information was maintained throughout construction.
SSR provided construction engineering inspection services while representing the City of Millington as project engineer for the construction of the new roadway. As the bridge designers for the project, SSR also provided the engineering analysis of the load test data for the bridge piling during the construction phase.