Construction may be up to two years away, but Johnson City is pushing forward with plans for improvements to the intersection of State of Franklin and Indian Ridge roads.
A public hearing regarding the intersection improvements is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in City Commission chambers at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.
“We’re still about two years ahead of construction, but this public meeting will be held to inform community members about the concept,” said Lawrence Perry, an engineer with the city’s Public Works Department. “We want to give people an opportunity to see what we’ve developed so far and allow them to make suggestions for changes. The basic reason we’re doing this is to improve overall traffic flow at the intersection.”
As now designed, the project would widen State of Franklin to create right turn lanes for northbound and southbound traffic; widen Indian Ridge for a left turn lane, a right turn lane, and a 10-foot sidewalk; and widen Skyline Drive for a left turn lane.
The preliminary maps and aerial photography will be displayed at the meeting, Perry said.
“We’ve already approved a design contract,” said Phil Pindzola, Public Works director. “We’re now entering into the environmental process where tests are conducted to see if this project will have any adverse effects. The project is funded through the federal Surface Transportation Fund. It’s projected to cost about $3 million with the city paying for 20 percent ($600,000).”
The Surface Transportation Program provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for projects on any “federal-aid highway,” including the National Highway System, bridge projects on any public road, transit capital projects and bus terminals and facilities.
Maps will be available at the meeting, and a presentation will be made. The public is invited to ask questions about and make comments on the project.
For more information, call Lawrence Perry at 232-2962 or email email@example.com.