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Campbell Station Road gets TPO recovery funds nod
Campbell Station Road from Jamestowne Boulevard to Parkside Drive meets 'stringent' criteria set by American Recovery & Reinvestment Act


The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization today voted to recommend two road projects totaling $5.45M to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for funding under the federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The projects, located in the western part of the County, both met the stringent list of criteria set out under the act. The criteria included that the projects must already have obtained the right of way, have been designed and be able to have the contract let within 120 days.

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale stated that this is the kind of good news needed to help keep the local economy on the right track.

“When we can get these projects going, our citizens get back to work, and back in our restaurants and our stores. That puts even more of our citizens back to work. These new road projects are an important first step in helping restore and maintain public confidence in Knox County’s economic health.”

According to Bruce Wuethrich, senior director of Knox County Engineering and Public Works, one of the projects will improve Lovell Road from the Pellissippi Parkway ramps to Shaffer Road. That project is valued at $3.1M.

The second project on Campbell Station Road will be managed by the town of Farragut. Under management of Darrell Smith, director of Farragut’s Department of Engineering, the project will widen Campbell Station Road from Jamestowne Boulevard to Parkside Drive from three to five lanes. The project is valued at $2.35M.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for approval. If they get the green light there, they go to the Federal Highway Agency for final vetting before the County gets the go ahead for construction.

According to Jeff Welch, director of the Transportation Planning Organization, the projects approved today are the first to be sent forward for stimulus funding. The Board will vote on additional projects at their meeting in April.

 

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