State Route 54 (US 641)

Henry County
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As part of a bi-state agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is proposing to realign and widen State Route 54 (US 641) from near Howard Rd. in Puryear to the Kentucky state line. This project is on entirely new alignment and will connect SR 54 to the realigned US 641 being constructed by KYTC.  

SR 54 is a rural principal arterial that connects Henry County to Kentucky. The existing route consists primarily of four 12-foot foot travel lanes (two in each direction) and 3-foot paved outside shoulders within 80 feet of existing Right-of-Way (ROW). The proposed project is 2.88 miles in length and will primarily consist of five 12-foot travel lanes along with 10-foot paved shoulders. A bridge over the KWT railway and existing SR 54 will be constructed as part of the project. The intersections with existing SR 54, Crossland Road and State Line Road will all be at-grade intersections. The purpose of this project is to connect the existing SR 54 corridor in Henry County to the new US 641 being constructed in Callaway County, Kentucky by KYTC and to bring this section of SR-54 up to current design standards.

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

Current Status: This project is currently in the design phase with right-of-way plans due to be distributed by the end of 2023.

Estimated construction start: Construction is projected to begin in summer 2026.

Estimated completion*: TBD

Funding Type: This project was identified in the IMPROVE Act and will be funded with 80% federal dollars and 20% state dollars. 

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History and Background

In 2018 KYTC was awarded a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for $23 million. The BUILD Grant awarded to KYTC was to be used as partial funding for environmental analyses, preliminary and final engineering, ROW acquisition and construction of 6.235 miles of US 641 between the Tennessee/Kentucky state line and the Middle Fork of the Clarks River near Murray, KY. As part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) done in 2019 KYTC developed several alternatives which included improvements in Tennessee to tie their improvements in Kentucky to the existing facility in Tennessee. As part of the EA, several alternatives were eliminated for various reasons and through public involvement along with discussions between KYTC and TDOT, an alignment in Tennessee was selected as the preferred alternative(4i).

In October 2019 a bi-state agreement was executed between Kentucky and Tennessee. A project kickoff meeting was also held in October 2019. Survey began in early 2020 and the project design began in late 2020. A design public meeting was held in April 2023 and ROW plans are to be distributed by the end of 2023.


Public Involvement and Engagement

March 12, 2019 – KYTC held an informal open-format public meeting at the Hazel Baptist Church in Hazel, KY. The alternatives under consideration for the Kentucky improvements and Tennessee improvements were shown to the attendees.

August 22, 2019 – KYTC held a public hearing at the Hazel Baptist Church in Hazel, KY. The purpose of the 2019 Public Hearing was to provide the public with an update on the project status, introduce the Selected Alternative, gather input on the connector options and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

April 6, 2023 – TDOT held a Design Public meeting at the Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School in Puryear, TN. The purpose of this meeting was to show the public the current design of the project and allow them to ask questions and provide comments. At this meeting, the public was presented a three-lane design that consisted of three 12-foot travel lanes with one lane in each direction along with a center two-way left turn lane and 8-foot paved shoulders. A three-lane bridge over KWT Railway and existing SR 54 was presented. Numerous attendees at the meeting were opposed to the three-lane design due to lack of passing opportunities, which wouldn’t make the route any safer and that the three-lane design would not provide any more capacity. After the meeting, TDOT Leadership began reviewing options to alleviate the concerns presented by the public. As a result of this review, TDOT has ultimately decided to abandon the three-lane design and construct a five-lane facility.



An Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in July 2019 for the entire SR 54 (US 641) project, from south of the Clarks River Bridge to north of Puryear, Tennessee in Calloway County, Kentucky and Henry County, Tennessee. Subsequently, the FONSI was approved by FHWA in November 2019.


Key Project Milestones

Approved Environmental Assessment (KYTC) – July 2019

NEPA Public Hearing (KYTC) – August 2019

Bi-State Agreement – October 2019

FONSI (KYTC) – November 2019

Design Public meeting (TDOT) – April 2023

Approved ROW re-evaluation (TDOT) – September 2023

ROW plans distribution – forecasted by the end of 2023

Construction – forecasted by the summer of 2026

Project Contacts

Nichole Lawrence
TDOT Region 4 Community Relations Officer (Media)
Phone: 731.935.0318

Seth Hendren (Project Management)
TDOT Region 4 Manager – Legislative Projects
Phone: 731.935.0143