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'Road to Nowhere' being dug up

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A dead-end road that cost $1.6 million and only serves one home is now being torn apart and rebuilt.

The Williamson County road is known as Frontage Road H, but some call the controversial project the "road to nowhere" because it cost so much and serves so few.

TDOT said the road is now collapsing, although they aren't sure why.

"We've definitely had soil movement. We don't know why we had soil movement, but the material under the base stone and asphalt just started to move," said B. J. Doughty, a spokeswoman for TDOT.

TDOT said the access road was built to accommodate homeowner Homer "Squeaky" Stewart, who didn't want to sell his land when they were designing State Route 840.

Before the road was even open, the asphalt developed deep crevices. TDOT is holding the contractor, Bell Construction, responsible for fixing the road.

"TDOT feels that the road was not constructed properly, so we've asked for these repairs to be made," Doughty said.

Steve Hoover, the project manager at Bell, said there hasn't been a determination of what went wrong or who's at fault.

TDOT said Bell will have to pay the cost of fixing the road, not the taxpayers.

Bell earned a $3 million bonus for finishing the 840 project early. TDOT said Bell doesn't have to pay back that bonus because the road didn't start to fall apart until after the project was already finished.

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