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Farragut roads FMPC topic

Farragut main roads are in good shape right now, but they would need work by 2030 to keep up with projected growth.

This was the report members of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission heard during its scheduled meeting Thursday, Feb. 1.

Alan Childers, an engineer with Cannon and Cannon in Knoxville, presented commissioners with results of a study the commission asked for in mid-2006.

Childers, a Farragut resident, explained to commissioners how information for the study was gathered. He collected data from the town, Knox County Municipal Planning Commis-sion, growth information and demographics and looked at bordering areas, such as Turkey Creek. All these items played a role in developing traffic projections for the town. The results were plugged into a model called Quick Response System.

“This model worked real well and exceeded our expectations,” he said.

Using the gathered information, Childers took into account all road improvement projects on the drawing board and made projections on potential traffic problems all the way out to the year 2030.

“Just like with a crystal ball, the projections are clear for a few years out,” he said. “It gets murkier the farther out you go.”

The model uses a rating ration determined by volume over capacity, with 0 to .04 being an extremely good rating; 0.4 to 0.6 being an acceptable rating; 0.6 to 0.7, the level of service on the road starts dropping and .7 to 1.0 being extremely poor conditions.

Childers said currently, with the exception of Campbell Station Road between Jamestown Boulevard and almost to Parkside Drive, the roads in the area are running at acceptable levels.

By 2010, if nothing is done, the rating for Campbell Station Road remains near a 1. The town, however, has several road projects slated to be completed by 2010, including Campbell Station Road, Concord Road, a turning lane for Everett Road and several others. Childers said taking those projects into account, the major roads such as Campbell Station Road, Kingston Pike and Grigsby Chapel Road have a V/C rating in the 0.4 to 0.6 level.

Childers’ projection showed by 2015, the level of service on major roads decreases, but remains at an acceptable level.

By 2020, certain problem areas are expected to develop. These areas include Grigsby Chapel Road and Kingston Pike between Smith and Virtue roads.

By 2030, if nothing is done, these areas are projected to have major problems. Smith Road is projected to have a V/C rating of .6 to .7.

“The bottom line is the people want to get to the Interstate or Turkey Creek,” he said.

Childers suggested two possible solutions for the Smith Road/Grigsby Chapel Road traffic trouble. One is to adjust the arterials so it can handle the traffic. Another was to adjust the surrounding arterials to traffic routes around that area.

“Something’s going to have to happen on Kingston Pike,” he said. “Since that is T-DOT, it wouldn’t have to necessarily be a town project.

Some of the commissioners seemed to be trying to come up with future plans, but Alderman Joel Garber cautioned them nothing should be done in haste.

“I think we should do concepts,” he said. “We’ve got time to do this. I don’t think we need to commit to anything right now.”

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III directed town staff members to turn some of Childers suggestions into action items for future plans.


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