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Town, TDOT approve Old Stage redlight

Farragut residents along Old Stage Road and Everett Road near Kingston Pike could soon see a slight break in their traffic woes.

Farragut town officials recently approved a contract with Progression Electric to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Kingston Pike.

“It’s something that has been needed for a while,” Darryl Smith, town engineer, said.

Smith said Progression Electric won the bid for the project with a low bid of a little under $87,000, all of which would be paid by the town.

The contract says the project will be completed in 180 days, roughly six months.

“The contractor should be in the process of getting going on the project,” Smith said. “They would probably start by running the wiring to the site.”

Smith said the work shouldn’t cause any traffic delays or lane closures.

“Most people probably wouldn’t notice that it was going on,” he said. “This is something the town has needed and has been working on for quite some time.”

In June 2006, Smith told the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a regular meeting that a traffic signal at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Old Stage Road might become a reality.

Smith told the Board he met with officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the town had a “verbal agreement” with TDOT for the placement of a light at that intersection. The process would require the town to contract with a firm to design the traffic signal. That design, along with a letter of recommendation for the project from the town mayor would then be sent to TDOT, who would forward the information to Nashville for final approval.

In October, design plans were sent to TDOT for approval, and the bid let in February.

“Traffic counts show a lot of residents using Old Stage Road,” Smith said. “This should also provide gaps in Kingston Pike traffic for people trying to make a left turn on to Kingston Pike.”

A sign with a flashing signal would warn west-bound traffic navigating the curve of the impending signal ahead, he said.


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