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N’shore, Westland ‘light’ in final stage


A traffic light is still on the books for the intersection of Northshore and Westland drives.

As first reported in farragutpress last year, Knox County and TDOT are jointly working to install a traffic light at the dangerous intersection.

“We have received authorization from the state to proceed with final design on the signal itself, so we are working on that right now,” Bruce Wuetrich, Knox County engineering and public works director, said.

Besides a traffic light, the intersection will be modified to include a turn lane for eastbound drivers on Northshore (turning left onto Westland) and a right turn lane from Westland onto Northshore.

According to Wuetrich in a past interview, this intersection is a priority for improvements.


“We have a program that we analyze various intersections throughout the County. And through that analysis, we look at things like the lay, traffic and accident history, and things of that nature. That kind of sets up a priority list of intersections,” Wuetrich said.

“There’s not only a significant delay [at the intersection]; there’s also a safety component there,” he added.

Wuetrich described the most common safety problem at the Northshore and Westland intersection.

“Oftentimes, when you sit someplace for a long time waiting to pull out, what you end up doing is starting to take more of a chance, you cut your intervals shorter and shorter, you’ll go ahead and pull out.

“So we’ve had some accident history there, and we’ve had a long problem with delays at that intersection,” he said.

Knox County and TDOT are sharing the cost of the project, which Wuetrich said was part of the project’s delay.

“It’s funded by T-DOT, but it goes through Knox County as part of a program the state has,” Wuetrich said.

“So that’s one of the reasons it’s taken so long,” he added.

 

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