The Tennessee Department of Transportation recently awarded a contract worth $974,148 to Hoover Inc. for construction of an access road to the plant owned by Ronnie Barrett, maker of the famed .50-caliber rifle.
A tentative design in April 2011 showed it will start at Epps Mill Road just east of the I-24 interchange on property owned by Agnihotri Pradeep and run southeast on land owned by Barrett’s children, as part of Outpost LLC, and adjacent property owner Brenda Benz, ending at a cul de sac at the corner of Barrett Enterprises on Benz’s land. The construction cost does not include property acquired for state right of way.
Barrett lobbied for the Miller extension for several years, saying it was needed to coincide with his plant’s expansion to fill government arms orders. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
Source: The Tennessean