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Interchange modification sought

During his report to the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Town Engineer Darryl Smith presented several roadway projects in the works for coming years.

Knox County has approved adding a new left turn lane on Kingston Pike approaching Lovell Road from the west.

According to Smith, the plan was approved in 2004 and was amended in recent weeks. Right-of-way has been purchased but no date for construction has been specified.

“It is my understanding that it’s moving along now,” Smith said, adding that he expected construction to begin in coming months.

In addition, TDOT has notified Smith he will not be able to let bids for widening Campbell Station Road from Jamestown Boulevard to Parkside Drive until June 2009.

Campbell Station remained the topic of discussion as Smith presented options from an “interchange modification study C-T-E [Engineering] is preparing for T-DOT … for the I-40/Campbell Station Road interchange,” Smith said.

Option one included constructing a new bridge crossing the Interstate (in the same general location as the current bridge) that would include two additional northbound lanes on Campbell Station.

“I believe that also has a triple lefthand turn on the westbound Interstate 40 that would turn southward onto Campbell Station Road,” Smith said.

Smith said this likely would include new traffic lights on each side of the new bridge.

The other option involves relocating Campbell Station and includes a westbound off ramp, a “two lane loop … that actually exits the Interstate on the west side of Campbell Station and ties in to what is now Snyder Road,” Smith said.

“The best way to visualize this option … is to envision the Alcoa [Highway] interchange where you go onto Pellissippi, like when you come from the airport to go to Farragut, and eliminate the little leg that ties in for folks that are blending in to Alcoa who have already come Pellissippi,” said Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III.

“It’s a great way of having a loop like that,” he added.

In this loop option, motorists would pass the loop and turn left to get back on the Interstate heading west.

“It appears to be one of the most efficient routes,” Ford said, adding the existing bridge could be used as a pedestrian link.

The options will be submitted to Federal Highway Administration, which will choose an option and pursue it.

“This, that we’re looking at right here, is at least seven-to-15 years away,” Smith said.

“What’s exciting is that we are on the radar screen, and we’re starting to see studies done that should be done,” Ford said.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved a bid for a Jacobson rotary cut mower, used to mow Bermuda grass sports fields at Town parks. Bid was awarded to lowest bidder, Ladd’s, for $20,963.

• Approved a request to close streets for the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce 13th annual 5K run, set for Sept. 27. Watt Road will be closed from 7:50 to 8:45 a.m. and Harrison Road will be used as detour. Sedgefield Road, Sweetgum Drive and Maple Tree Drive also will be closed from 7:50 to 8:45 a.m. The race will finish at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

• Set the dates for November and December Board meetings. Meetings will be held Nov. 6 and Dec. 11.

• Approved by-laws for Farragut Folklife Museum Committee.

• Set the date for the 2009 Farragut municipal election for April 7.

Contested positions include the offices of mayor and the aldermen positions currently held by Alderman Tom Rosseel and Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes.


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