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Concord Road plans revealed

The final phase of improvements on the Concord Road/Campbell Station Road corridor are about three years out, Town Engineer Darryl Smith said Thursday, Nov. 18.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved plans to widen Concord Road from Turkey Creek Road to Northshore Drive.

The improvement will widen Concord from two lanes to five (two southbound, two northbound and a center turn lane) and also will add 18-foot median islands in parts of the center lane. The plans also include four-foot bike lanes on each side of the road, as well as a five-foot sidewalk on the east side and an eight-foot walking trail on the west side.

“TDOT has agreed with all of that,” Smith said.

TDOT also is funding the project through an 80-20 federal/local split. TDOT is footing the bill for the “local” part of the funding mix, since Concord Road is a state route. The entire project will cost about $6.2 million.

“It’s actually costing us nothing,” Smith said.

Commission Chair Rita Holladay asked how the widened road would work with the roundabout on Northshore Drive.

Smith said the two interior lanes (north and south) would feed into the roundabout as they do now. The two exterior lanes would be “free movement” and would simply allow traffic to merge directly onto Northshore and Concord, as drivers turning north onto Concord from Northshore do now.

“It really works out well,” Smith said.

Smith said that, in addition, the new, widened bridge over the Norfolk railroad will be shifted west but will still tie in with the roundabout. The current bridge will remain open during that construction for traffic control.

Also part of the plans are greenway connections from Knox County parks along Northshore Drive to the greenways in the town of Farragut.

Knox County’s plans to build the Northshore Greenway along the north side of Northshore Drive should come to fruition soon.

“It’s going to be a very neat system when everything is done,” Community Development director Ruth Hawk said.

Commission asked how the islands would be landscaped.

Smith said TDOT was allowing Farragut to decide on the landscaping, but said the landscaping would be similar to what is present in the median on Campbell Station near Kroger Marketplace, with grass and trees.

The median would not be landscaped like the islands on Grigsby Chapel Road or Parkside Drive.

Smith said right-of-way acquisition likely wouldn’t start for another 18 months, and construction wouldn’t begin until 18 months after that.

All told, that puts construction of the project about three years away.

Commissioner Ed St. Clair moved to accept the project; Ron Honken seconded. The motion was unanimously approved with Ron Rochelle absent.


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