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State Route 62 (Western Avenue) Schaad Road to Copper Kettle Road

Knox County

Frequently Asked Questions

The speed limit in the construction zone is 40 MPH. The Knoxville Police Department will be monitoring traffic through the project.

Two lanes of traffic (one lane in each direction) will be maintained during construction. Temporary lane closures are necessary to complete the project; however, when lane closures are required, they will be scheduled during off-peak travel times.

Estimated Completion Date: December 2016

The project completion date has been extended to allow construction of a pedestrian bridge within the project limits. TDOT is currently working with the contractor on pricing and time extensions for the additional work. Construction will require relocation of sewer lines and utilities. Scheduling of the sewer relocation is underway. Utility relocation plans are expected by mid-March 2017. Once the plans are received, utility poles in/around the bridge site will be replaced with larger poles to ensure transmission line clearance. After all utilities have been cleared, construction of the bridge is expected to take six months to complete.

The project's right of way width varies due to ROW slopes (cuts and fills). Minimum ROW width for this type facility is 104 feet. This consists of four 12-foot lanes (two in each direction), one middle left turn lane, 12-feet in width, 10-foot outside shoulders, two and a half foot curb and gutter on each side, and a 5-foot wide sidewalk.

Utilities and roadway construction will occur on both sides of the existing roadway.

There were 5 tracts condemned out of 167 total tracts or 3%. The State average on condemnations is between 10-13%. So, in terms of averages, the condemnations were held to a minimum.

Yes. While the project focuses on the widening of SR-62, many of the roads adjacent to SR-62 will be realigned to provide a better connection to the newly widened SR-62. The following is a list of roads that will be affected in some way by the project:
Summerfield - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
Beaver Ridge - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
Woodsmith - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
West Ball Camp - Becomes a cul-de-sac with no tie to SR-62.
Nickel Road - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
John May Road - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
Matlock Road - New tie to SR-62.East Ball Camp - Will not tie to SR-62, but will intersect with Dewine Road.
Sullivan Road - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
3rd Creek Road - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.
Ball Camp Pike North - Realign to perpendicular intersection to SR-62.

The light poles will need to come down for utility and roadway construction purposes. As roadway construction progresses, new light poles will replace the existing for illumination of the roadway. Not all street lights will be removed because some that on existing power poles with other utility lines involved. The majority, however, will be removed throughout the project with the exception of the area around businesses on the eastern end of the project (Copper Kettle Road).

Utilities contractors are currently mobilizing onto the project. Utilities involved in the project are:
KUB Electric, Gas, Water and Sewer
AT&T underground
AT&T aerial facilities
Iris Networks

Impacted property owners comments have been overwhelming positive. A consensus of opinion from the property owners is that they recognize the need to address the capacity issues and to improve the safety by correcting the horizontal and vertical geometrics of the alignment along with the side streets tying into SR-62.

ADT (2011) – 22,950. Projected ADT (2031) – 41,320