THE HUNTER REPORT
Harrison Road Improvement
By: Pat Hunter
If you have ever been caught in traffic at the Lenoir City High School during school hours or events or football game, you may agree that the bottleneck causes a lot of gridlock. Lenoir City Council is hoping that a proposed road improvement project will help to alleviate the problem but we'll just have to wait and see.
Lenoir City Council voted to enter into a $3.2 Million Old Highway 95 - Harrison Road improvement contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). The project will be managed by Lenoir City.
It is an 80 percent (federal funds) and 20 percent (local funds) matching grant for the Old Highway 95/ Harrison Rd. project.
The road improvement was described as a "much needed" improvement at old Highway 95, which will include 1200' widening, 3-lane at the Lenoir City High School.
Some residents located on Harrison Rd., were concerned that widening of the road may also leave them with little front yard but that won't happen in this phase of the project.
Lenoir City is a member of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The TPO was instrumental in leveraging the project according to Lenoir City Administrator Dale Hurst. We have benefited from being a member of the TPO said Mayor Matt Brookshire.
The Knoxville Regional TPO also recommended two other road improvement projects in West Knox county, which will be paid for with stimulus money. One project is a $3.1 Million road improvement at Lovell Road from the Pellissippi Parkway ramps to Shaffer Road. The second project is located on Campbell Station Road. The $2.35 Million project will widen Campbell Station Road from Jamestown Road to Parkside Drive from three to five lanes. The project will be managed by the Town of Farragut.
Councilman Eddie Simpson made a motion, seconded by Councilman Tony Aikens to enter into the TDOT contract, contingent on the city attorney's review and approval of the contract.
Council members discussed whether the intersection was one of the worst intersection's in the city or county. It's been a long time in the coming some said.