TVA approves easement for new entrance
August 01, 2004

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Bryan College officials will begin working immediately to implement plans for a new entrance to the campus after the TVA Board of Directors Wednesday, Oct. 27, approved an easement needed for the project.

"For many years the college has sought access to build a new entrance directly from U.S. 27 onto our campus, and I believe this is an historic day for the future of Bryan," college President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said.

The new entrance would be located approximately 1/2 mile north of the U.S. 27-State Route 30 intersection. In return for permission from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to create the new intersection, the City of Dayton will close the existing intersection of Welch Street and U.S. 27. City Manager Frank Welch said this new intersection enhances the city's long-range plan to relocate State Route 30 from downtown Dayton.

For more than a year, the college has been working with engineers from Arcadis G & M, Inc., to design the new road, which would bring traffic from U.S. 27 to the northwest side of campus. The half-mile long road would intersect with existing campus roads at the site of the planned Athletics Center.

Before the TVA action, college officials worked with the City of Dayton and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to secure necessary permits and rights of way for the project.

"The college wishes to express our appreciation to Mayor Sam Swafford, Frank Welch and the City of Dayton, Commissioner Gerald Nicely and the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Marble and John Hensley of Arcadis G & M, Inc., for their efforts in this project," Dr. Livesay said. "The new intersection will enable the city to close a dangerous intersection on U.S. 27 and at the same time provide a prominent, safe and easily accessible entrance for the community as well as employees and students of Bryan.

"I believe that this new entrance will enhance the visibility of Bryan for the thousands of individuals who travel U.S. 27 on a daily basis, and make it more inviting for them to visit our campus."

Currently, the college is accessible via Bryan Drive off State Route 30 through a residential neighborhood. The new entrance will relocate most Bryan traffic from this narrow street as well as provide an impetus for further development of the northwest quadrant of the campus, Dr. Livesay said.