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Northshore, Westland intersection fix nears


For drivers at a dangerous intersection in West Knox County, there is relief in sight.

The Northshore Drive/Westland Drive intersection is going to be improved with turn lanes and a signal, TDOT spokesperson Yvette Martinez said.

“The design includes adding turn lanes to all approaches except for the northbound approach on Westland Drive,” Martinez said via e-mail.

“Northshore will have a signalized left turn lane onto Westland. Southbound Westland will also get a signalized left turn lane on to Northshore. We will widen all approaches that will get a turn lane by approximately 12 feet.

“As you know this is a project to ease traffic congestion,” she added.

The project was let on Sept. 17 to Charles Blalock and Sons Inc. for $424,437.13. Funding is 80 percent federal and 20 percent state.


“Our contractors are working out some utility issues, so it is unclear if they will be able to start construction before winter approaches,” Martinez said.

“If utility work can be completed quickly, they will start before winter, if not they will start in the spring. The estimated completion date is July 2011,” she added.

The project has been on the books for a while, but was delayed last year, Martinez said.

“This is a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement project. In Septem-ber 2009, the federal government rescinded the funding to the CMAQ program, which postponed this project (along with CMAQ projects all over the country),” Martinez said.

“TDOT did not pull any money from this project, but since this project is 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds, it was postponed until this year. 

“In the spring of 2010, Congress reinstated the funding they rescinded last fall, which gave us the funding to move forward with this project. This project would have eventually happened even without the federal funding, but it may have been postponed until the state could pay the entire bill,” she added.

For more information on CMAQ projects, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_

quality/cmaq/

 

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