Future Amazon in Mt. Juliet to bring road improvements

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A huge Amazon facility under construction in Mt. Juliet that is scheduled to be operational in 2021 has several road improvements to come with it.

The five-story facility is projected to have 3.52 million square feet of warehouse space and 80,000 square feet of office space on land off Golden Bear Gateway, East Division and Athletes Way North.

Road upgrades funded by the development include:

Traffic lights at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the Interstate 40 eastbound on-ramp and I-40 westbound off-ramp, all scheduled to be complete before Amazon is issued its certificate of occupancy, Mt. Juliet Director of Public Works & Engineering Andy Barlow said.

  • Turn lanes at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the I-40 westbound exit ramp to be done before the facility opens.
  • Greenway or multi-use paths along Golden Bear Gateway in the vicinity of Amazon will be completed before opening.
  • Safety improvements on East Division will include shoulders and side slopes for most or all of the area between Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Rutland Drive. That work is expected to be finished after Amazon opens because of right of way needed and utility relocation involved.
  • Turn lanes at Amazon’s access to East Division to be finished before Amazon opens.

The upgrades associated with the Amazon development are expected to be well above the $11 million figure discussed during the approval process, Barlow said.

The improvements on East Division were capped at $7 million during the approval process.

The road improvements are designed to help offset the traffic impact Amazon will bring, and the work on East Division in particular is considered “a major benefit to the city,” Barlow said. “This provides a funding source for the city to improve this roadway that otherwise might take several more years to come to fruition.”

The Mt. Juliet Amazon location will be used to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items like books, electronics and consumer goods, Amazon spokesperson Owen Torres said.

Amazon generally starts hiring at new sites before opening, Torres said.

The Mt. Juliet facility is “on track” to open in 2021, but Torres wasn’t more specific.

Reach Andy Humbles at ahumbles@tennessean.com or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.

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