By Joe King, [email protected]

Member of the Seiver County Commission discuss the TDOT proposed turn lane in Seymour. The Herald/ Joe King)

Member of the Seiver County Commission discuss the TDOT proposed turn lane in Seymour. The Herald/ Joe King)

The long awaited turn lane that would run through Seymour at Chapman Hwy. took another step closer to becoming a reality during the Feb. 18 Sevier County Commissioner’s Meeting.

The TDOT proposal for the turn lane project was overwhelmingly approved by unanimous vote.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said TDOT would handle the project, but once it was completed the County would accept responsibility for maintenance thereafter.

“I think it’s a great project,” said County Commissioner Harold Pitner.

Pitner also expressed concern for a traffic light to be installed at Ford’s Hill Rd. to make it easier for the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department to get out of Station One to respond to calls.

Currently, TDOT is in the design phase of the project.

“Prior to construction, the design plans will need to be completed” said TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi. “The scheduled date for final plans is August 6, 2014. The bid letting for construction would follow in 2014.”

Nagi said the project steams from a need to combat increased traffic volumes, delays and improve safety.

The project end results will produce a five-lane section of roadway from Macon Rd. to Boyds Creek Hwy.

Sidewalks are shown on the current typical section for the improvements to the roadway to provide sidewalk connectivity between the other sections of Chapman Hwy. However, the traffic light at Ford’s Hill isn’t included in the current proposal.

“For a signal to be consider the intersection must meet certain traffic signal warrants based on the Federal Standards,” Nagi said. “TDOT is currently in the Design Phase, which basically means preparing the proposed improvements.”

Nagi said the end result of the project will be an improved five-lane section, with two thru-lanes in each direction with a center turn lane, four foot shoulder and sidewalks on each side.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $6,065,000, which is based on an advance planning report from 2002.

Nagi said the project will be contracted in 2014.

The long awaited turn lane that would run through Seymour at Chapman Hwy. took another step closer to becoming a reality during the Feb. 18 Sevier County Commissioner’s Meeting.

The TDOT proposal for the turn lane project was overwhelmingly approved by unanimous vote.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said TDOT would handle the project, but once it was completed the County would accept responsibility for maintenance thereafter.

“I think it’s a great project,” said County Commissioner Harold Pitner.

Pitner also expressed concern for a traffic light to be installed at Ford’s Hill Rd. to make it easier for the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department to get out of Station One to respond to calls.

Currently, TDOT is in the design phase of the project.

“Prior to construction, the design plans will need to be completed” said TDOT Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi. “The scheduled date for final plans is August 6, 2014. The bid letting for construction would follow in 2014.”

Nagi said the project steams from a need to combat increased traffic volumes, delays and improve safety.

The project end results will produce a five-lane section of roadway from Macon Rd. to Boyds Creek Hwy.

Sidewalks are shown on the current typical section for the improvements to the roadway to provide sidewalk connectivity between the other sections of Chapman Hwy. However, the traffic light at Ford’s Hill isn’t included in the current proposal.

“For a signal to be consider the intersection must meet certain traffic signal warrants based on the Federal Standards,” Nagi said. “TDOT is currently in the Design Phase, which basically means preparing the proposed improvements.”

Nagi said the end result of the project will be an improved five-lane section, with two thru-lanes in each direction with a center turn lane, four foot shoulder and sidewalks on each side.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $6,065,000, which is based on an advance planning report from 2002.

Nagi said the project will be contracted in 2014.

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