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Town paves Boyd Station underpass, Norfolk Southern conducts routine track maintenance


Recent construction at the underpass on Boyd Station Road alarmed many motorists who found themselves stuck in unexpected traffic during the morning rush hour Monday, April 21.

The road closure was due to a repaving project by the town of Farragut.

“It’s just being milled and resurfaced. Yes, it’s just outside the Town limits, but … we’ve repatched it several times over the past few years and patches only work for so long. At some point, you have to mill it up and start over,” said Darryl Smith, Town engineer.

“We talked to Knox County and they kind of had it on their books, and we already had it set up to do it. It’s one of those things: just at the edge of Town limits and sometimes it gets questionable who’s responsible for it,” he added.

The repaving and resurfacing was completed April 22.

“Hopefully, people will drive through there now and say that at least it was done well,” Smith said.

One major change the Town made with its paving and striping was to convert the once single-lane underpass into two-lanes without widening the structure.

Drivers also may have noticed railroad ties lining the grass between Boyd Station Road and the railroad tracks. This is part of scheduled maintenance, according to Norfolk Southern Corporation, and has nothing to do with construction on the underpass.

“We’re just going to have a gang come in there in the next month or two and replace the ties,” said Nathan Brown, assistant to the track supervisor in Knoxville.

“It’s just scheduled maintenance. Every five years, we just come by and put in ties. That’s normal, scheduled maintenance,” he added.

 

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