More delays: Sevierville Road widening completion date pushed back
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The completion of the widening of Sevierville Road in Maryville has been extended to Nov. 24 due to delays, such as the weather, and may be pushed back again.
The original completion date was projected for November 2012.
Maryville City Engineer Brian Boone said Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) told the city last week about the problems.
The half-mile section being widened runs between Walnut and Columbus streets, starting near the intersection of Everett High Road and Sevierville Road and going past Cherokee Street near Walnut Street.
The road is being widened to three lanes with a center turn lane, sidewalks and curb and gutter on both sides.
The sanitary sewer line is being rebuilt beside the existing sewer line. The contractor must keep the old line working until the new line is complete.
Work is currently centered between Cherokee and Front streets.
The project is being financed 100 percent through safety funds provided by the federal government to TDOT, which has a list of locations that need safety corrections. This site was selected based on the number and severity of accidents occurring there.
“It’s going to help us a lot at Cherokee, Front and Columbus Street,” Boone said earlier. “There are a lot of front-to-rear accidents there where people stop to turn onto Cherokee Street and drivers come around the curve and hit them at right angles when the pavement is wet and slick.”
The contract on the project was awarded in December 2011 to low bidder Highways Inc. at $1,664,351.
Storm sewer, sewer and natural gas lines are being replaced as the road is widened and other utilities had not been relocated. At that time completion date was November 2012.
Utilities relocation started by the city in February 2012. That included electric, AT&T and Charter, which were allowed to locate on city poles.
One lane of traffic westbound into town is open and outgoing eastbound traffic is being detoured along Washington Street to East Lamar Alexander Parkway to Cherokee Street and Crest Road/Wilcox Street.