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Town to begin traffic study


Responding to citizen requests for traffic signals around Town, Farragut officials are planning traffic studies at four intersections early next year.

“It will probably be January or February before they go out and do them, once the holiday traffic is back to normal and you have normal traffic days again,” Town administrator David Smoak said.

The studies will be conducted at three intersections along Campbell Station Road: at the west Farragut High School entrance, at Sonja Drive and at Campbell Lakes Drive. A fourth study will be conducted at Thornton Drive and Kingston Pike.

“We’ll hire an engineering firm to go out and do the study, and they’ll do them all at one time,” Smoak said.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said the engineers would study eight different “warrants” that help determine if an intersection needs a signal.


“Any reason to justify a signal is found in those eight warrants,” Smith said.

The eight warrants will study eight-hour and four-hour vehicular volumes, peak hour traffic, pedestrian volume, school crossings, crash experience and the effects of a signal on the coordinated signal system and roadway network.

Businesses at Campbell Lakes Drive have long requested a traffic signal at that intersection, near the Campbell Station/

I-40 interchange. And only last month, FHS principal Michael Reynolds and a faction of students asked Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen for a signal at the west entrance of the high school.

The issue at both locations is the difficulty of left hand turns from the side roads onto Campbell Station.

Residents of Sonja Drive recently have echoed those sentiments.

Nancy Signer, a Woodland Trace resident, said, “Mike Reynolds cites the safety of young, inexperienced drivers. Well, a lot of people who live in these subdivisions are elderly.

“Young people are inexperienced and willing to take risks, and old people, their response time is slower and they can’t see as well, and we do have quite a bit of traffic that comes in and out of there. And Sonja Drive is a road. It’s a road and not a high school driveway,” she added.

Signer said she worked at Farragut Middle for 10 years, and was familiar with the driveway, but said a signal at the driveway wasn’t the best solution.

“The simplest solution, and the cheapest solution is make that a no left turn driveway. They have two other exits out of there if they want to head west on Kingston Pike,” she said.

Brad Warren, another resident off Sonja Drive, agreed.

“I’d rather there not be a signal at the high school or at Sonja before there be one at the high school,” he said.

“Because I think that would just back up traffic and make that intersection more difficult. ... Our thing is that we’re in and out of there all day, every day ... and it’s a very tough left turn.

“But the school: that’s only one of [its] entrances, and they come out of it once a day,” he added.

For more information on traffic study warrants, visit www.mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov

 

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