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KP-Everett Road revamp plan possible ‘no cost’ deal


Federal funding requested by town of Farragut during a new Transportation Improvement Plan spending cycle would “essentially leave us with no cost for the construction” of the Kingston Pike-Everett Road intersection.

“This is just a request at this point,” emphasized Darryl Smith, Town engineer, estimating Town cost of adding a center turn lane and red-light to the intersection is $850,000 of the roughly $1.6 to $1.7 million total cost.

“We have requested, through [Knoxville Regional Transport-ation Planning Organization], a different funding mix, that would save the Town a substantial amount of money,” Smith said during his monthly report to Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its Thursday, July 8, meeting.

“Right now we’re currently contracted for what is roughly a 50-50 cost share on construction [with Tennessee Department of Transportation].”


The potential new funding, part of the 2011-2014 TIP budget, would be decided in September, Smith said. “Right now, it’s on the list.”

Saying he’d driven upon two accidents at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Everett Road “within the last month,” Farragut Alderman John Williams asked about the project’s overall status.

As for letting construction bids, Smith said, “I suspect it’ll be probably as early as December. … I think you’re going to be looking at December or January.”

Regardless of funding changes, “Sometime next year it will definitely be under construction,” Smith said.

 

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