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Town traffic lights to be retooled

Farragut residents could soon experience the effects of some retooling proposed along Kingston Pike, Concord and Campbell Station roads to improve traffic flow and air quality.

Eight traffic lights on Campbell Station and Concord roads and the Farragut stretch of Kingston Pike could be recounted and re-timed, said town engineer Darryl Smith.

“The purpose of it is to reduce congestion and therefore improve air quality,” Smith said. “It’s just something you have to do every few years, especially in Farragut where you have a lot of growth.”

The town engineer said all traffic signals on Campbell Station Road could be re-timed.

The other four signals that could see some work are at the intersection of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, the Concord Road and Kingston Pike intersection, the light at the Kroger and Farragut High School entrance and the intersection of Concord Road and the Bi-Lo and Kroger entrance.

Smith said the changes would depend on the counts tabulated, but he expects most of the changes to be administered during “morning and afternoon peak times.”

This issue was discussed at the April 8 Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. Smith presented the board with a proposal from local traffic engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates for the engineering services needed for signal timing.

The FBMA voted 3-0 to accept the firm’s bid of $31,000. Vice Mayor Mike Haynes and Alderman Connie Rutenber were absent.

The project will be paid for entirely with federal funds, Smith said, from the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality organization.

CMAQ recently approved the project, he added.

Christopher Rhodes of Kimley-Horn and Associates told the FBMA that the firm would “synchronize the lights so cars can move more fluidly down Kingston Pike.”

“The object is for a (driver) to stop at one signal for ninety seconds and upon approaching the next light it will turn green,” Rhodes said.

Another CMAQ-approved project that would impact Kingston Pike is an additional turn lane for eastbound motorists turning from the pike onto Lovell Road.

Knox County is sponsoring the project, Smith said, but it would also be federally funded by CMAQ.

“The eastbound traffic backs up pretty bad,” Smith said. “You can’t pull in the turn lane and clear in one cycle. Half are stuck waiting on another cycle. There really needs to be a double left turn lane there.”

Smith estimated it could be six months to a year before construction of an additional turn lane could begin. Knox County would have to get approval from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and acquire the needed right-of-way for the lane.

In other business:

• The FBMA voted 3-0 on first reading to rezone 15.2 acres on McFee Road, approximately 700 feet north of Allen Kirby Road from R-2 to R-1, OSR.


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