Maryville changes speed limits on East Lamar Alexander Parkway
By Iva Butler | (email@example.com)
Maryville is moving to change the speed limits along East Lamar Alexander Parkway from Jones Avenue to the city limits from 30 and 50 miles per hour to 45 mph.
City Council approved the change on first reading Tuesday night.
Jones Avenue intersects the parkway and Washington Street at Highland Presbyterian Church.
Currently the speed limit on Washington Street is 30 mph and on East Lamar Alexander Parkway is 50 mph.
Maryville Director of Engineering and Public Works Angie Luckie said a traffic impact study was prepared by CDM Smith in April as part of the project development for a proposed Walgreens on East Lamar Alexander Parkway at Chantilly Lane across from Browns Creek Shopping Center.
The study recommended installation of a new traffic light at Chantilly Lane to provide better access for the pharmacy and to mitigate increases in side street traffic delay.
Luckie said the study also reviewed crashes that have occurred along the corridor in the last two to three years and found a traffic signal would be warranted.
Also, a 45-mph speed limit is more consistent with an urban, curb and gutter roadway with a center turn lane and multiple driveway openings spaced very close together, she said.
In other action, council agreed on first reading to allow owners of the seven properties fronting East Church Avenue the opportunity to develop under the same regulations as the Central Business property they adjoin. This would involve height of structures, setbacks and the amount of parking required.City officials said this is the smallest zone downtown and the idea is to offer owners more development opportunities for the vacant lots and buildings in the area.
The city owns the Doctor’s Building in the zone and developers have shown some interest it recently.
In further action, council:
• Approved on first reading deannexing, annexing, rezoning and plan of services for two tracts of land that wound up split between Maryville and Alcoa city limits due to a recent replatting of property near Wright Road and East Lincoln Road. It would be zoned Neighborhood if passed on final reading. Alcoa has already taken a similar action to rectify the issue.
• Approved on second and final reading an amendment of the school budget to include an additional $65,766 due to changes in federal grants.
• Approved emergency purchase of a 2013 Freightliner PAC-MAC KB-20 knuckleboom truck, which is used to collect brush left at the curb. Due to the economic downturn, since 2008 the city has delayed replacement of aging equipment and there will be more equipment failures, said Maryville City Manager Greg McClain.
The city’s old truck has a large crack in the mast arm assembly and cannot be repaired any more.
The council agreed to purchase a demonstrator model from Stringfellow Inc. for $119,400.
• Declared items, such as furniture and file cabinets, as surplus and authorized their sale.