State Route 268 (North Thompson Lane)

Rutherford County

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will construct widening improvements to approximately 4.3 miles of State Route 268 (North Thompson Lane) from SR 1 (Northwest Broad Street) to SR 10 (Memorial Boulevard). The existing right-of-way (ROW) ranges from 80 feet to 200 feet. Improvements include widening to four travel lanes with a center turn lane, bike lanes and curb and gutter. Sidewalks will also be provided on both sides of SR 268. Traffic signals will be interconnected into the existing fiber optic network to provide for a future coordinated arterial signal system.

The primary needs along SR 268 are to increase vehicular capacity and to improve safety. The existing two-lane arterial is deficient in its capacity to provide an acceptable level of service. The improved facility will better meet current and future projected traffic volumes. The project will also replace the existing bridge structure over the West Fork Stones River to meet current bridge standards.

This project is identified for funding in TDOT's 10-Year Project Plan, with construction slated for Fiscal Year 2026.

Current Status: Final design is underway and ROW tracts are still being acquired.

Estimated construction start: Fiscal Year 2026

Estimated completion*: TBD

Funding Type: The project is funded with a combination of Federal and State funds. TDOT anticipates that this project will be funded in part through the Transportation Modernization Fund.


Public Involvement and Engagement

A Design Public Meeting was held in June 2015.



A “D-List” Categorical Exclusion was originally approved in January 2019. It was most recently reevaluated and approved in July 2023.


Key Project Milestones

Preliminary Engineering       Underway

Construction                          Spring 2026

Project Contacts

Rebekah Hammonds
TDOT Region 3 Community Relations Officer

Daniel Jordan
TDOT Region 3 Project Manager