Highway project delayed: Old Knox Highway widening completion now set for June 2014
By Iva Butler | (email@example.com)
The projected completion date of the Old Knoxville Highway widening work in front of Pellissippi Place has been moved forward four months to June 2014.
The project is to provide access to Pellissippi Place Research and Development Park and will help alleviate the congestion from the termination of Pellissippi Parkway at Old Knoxville Highway, said Alcoa Director of Public Works Kenny Wiggins. Contractor on the $3.8 million state project is APAC-Harrison. This is a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)-funded project which is being managed by the City of Alcoa.
Pellissippi Place is being jointly developed by Alcoa, Maryville, Blount County and Knox County. The initial projected completion date for the widening was February 2014, but the contractor hit unstable soil that had to be removed and the weather was excessively rainy, according to Wiggins. Also, some utility relocation held up the work.
“With winter approaching, that’s going to slow them down even more,” he added.
Old Knoxville Highway is being widened to five lanes, with four regular travel lanes and a middle turn lane from Hunt Road to Clark’s Grove Road. The signal light at Clayton Drive and Pellissippi Place intersection will be replaced.
After the project is completed, TDOT will install a second signal at the intersection of Old Knoxville Highway and the on-ramp to Pellissippi Parkway (I-140).
“The level of Old Knoxville Highway will be raised as much as three feet or so in places,” Wiggins said.