The Federal Highway Administration has approved the "Fifth Interchange" for construction. This is the new interstate exit where Mine Lick Creek Road crosses Interstate 40 that officials say will unlock the potential of the new business park. In a letter dated September 14, federal officials say the interchange is "operationally acceptable," given that local officials have committed to constructing a northern connector road to that interchange.
State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville said, "I have fought for this new exit since my election, and this approval is a huge leap forward for this project. Now that we have federal approval, the State of Tennessee can get started on buying right of way and building the exit."
He added that Putnam County and the Highlands will then have one of the most attractive locations for business in the State of Tennessee.