PHOTO: Crews work towards installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Granny White Pike and Foxland Drive as part of the access road project.
By LANDON WOODROOF
Construction recently began on the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building on the Brentwood Middle School and Brentwood High School campus. Just around the corner, work is also underway at the intersection of Granny White Pike and Foxland Drive.
Construction crews will soon install a traffic signal there to help with traffic generated by an access road being constructed that links Granny White Pike to a new parking lot behind BHS.
A notice to proceed on the STEM building was issued on January 16, Williamson County Schools Communication Director Carol Birdsong said.
The 64,000 square foot STEM building will contain 35 new classrooms and will significantly boost the capacity of BHS. Right now that capacity is at 1,628 students. After the STEM building is done, BHS will be able to accommodate 2,000 students.
Birdsong said construction of the STEM building should take 13 months.
The city intends for the access road to help with traffic issues surrounding the busy BMS/BHS campus. It leads from a new 292-space parking lot behind the high school, through a sliver of Granny White Park and out onto Granny White Pike.
The road will not be open until a traffic signal is constructed in front of the Foxland Hall subdivision entrance. Birdsong said that this project should be completed around the beginning of March, weather permitting.