Gov. Haslam, community celebrate opening of State Route 840 - WKRN News 2

Gov. Haslam, community celebrate opening of State Route 840

Posted: Updated: Oct 12, 2012 11:06 AM CDT
LEIPERS FORK, Tenn. -

Runners and riders will kick off a celebration 26 years in the making as construction of State Route 840 nears its completion.

Construction of the 78-mile roadway began in 1986 as part of the state's Better Roads Program to provide economic growth by improving access to communities in Middle Tennessee.

Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner John Schroer will be on hand to celebrate and honor the contractors who worked on the road along with the community.

State Route 840 runs from Interstate 40 in Dickson County to I-40 in Wilson County.

The celebration will unveil the opening of the last two segments that run from Pinewood Road to Leipers Creek Road and Leipers Creek Road to Columbia Pike.

Leiper's Fork has become a unique community of farmers, artists and musicians.

It's the only historic village on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway and it offers quaintness of the past with the convenience of the present. The area is home to country markets, country cooking, antiques and art.

Lisa Fox of the Leiper's Creek Gallery told Nashville's News 2, "It will make it easier for Nashvillians to get out. It's a beautiful drive so it's truly worth coming out."

She continued, "People enjoy that, once they finally make the trek out to us they realize how calming it is. It's a beautiful country side and I think that's what a lot of people really enjoy."

A series of races is set for the 840 Gran Fondo Saturday morning along the newly constructed roadway.

The races begin with a fun run and a 5K/10K run beginning and ending at the Tollgate Village at Thompson's Station. Bike races begin at 8:40 a.m. with the Gran Fondo and the 28-mile Full 840.  There is also a family fun ride and 17-mile Carter/Pinewood Ride.

A ceremony with the Governor is set for 9:20 a.m. Beverages and food will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Fox said they are gearing up for a post race social Saturday with a day full of festivities.

The official grand opening of State Route 840 is set for November 2 at 11 a.m. with a ceremony set for 1 p.m.

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