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Watt Road extension project on track


Construction on the Watt Road extension, connecting Kingston Pike and Old Stage Road, could be begun by spring 2011, Town Engineer Darryl Smith told Farragut Municipal Planning Commissioners Thursday, May 21.

“This is the extension of Watt Road from its current end at the Icearium entrance to the south to meet up with Old Stage Road,” Smith said of the project, “on the books” for the last several years.

Along with the project, Old Stage will be improved as well.

“There’s no support in the Triple Crown area to have [the extension] done, but it’s part of our transportation plan,” FMPC chair Bob Hill said.


The Watt Road extension will comprise three 12-foot lanes with 4-foot bike lanes, curb and gutter, a 6-foot grass strip and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides. Old Stage will be improved to include two 12-foot lanes, 4-foot bike lanes, curb and gutter, a 3-foot grass strip and sidewalk.

“One thing we have added to these plans that I would like to point out: there is an island in the turn lane,” Smith said.

The approximately 200-foot island will be located on Watt Road to prevent cross traffic turning into a proposed shopping development and turning onto Old Stage from being in the center turn lane at the same time.

“It will still work with two access points to that [shopping development] property off Watt Road,” Smith said.

The island also is far enough from Kingston Pike that traffic should not stack, Smith said.

FMPC unanimously approved the preliminary plans; Smith said he expected to have final right-of-way plans by the end of the year and construction to begin by spring 2011.

The project will be funded with more than $1 million in federal money.

 

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