The signal is a part of a reconstruction project to improve traffic flow at the intersection by converting the crossing from a four-way stop to a lighted intersection. The project increases the number of right-turn lanes from Greenline Road to Peoples Street as well as increases the number of left-turn lanes from Peoples Street to Greenline Road.
“We have a lot of backup on both Peoples Street and along Greenline, so this is to address that,” said Anthony Todd, traffic engineering manager in the city’s public works department.
He said the city has added a significant number lanes through the intersection, which will better facilitate movement through the intersection and allow for the increased traffic in the area. The additional lanes will also allow traffic coming from the interstate to better utilize the left-turn lanes on North State of Franklin Road.
Todd said the city did look at installing a roundabout at the intersection but ultimately opted for a different approach.
“A roundabout could be a little bit of a challenge to try to keep traffic from backing into the intersection because obviously a roundabout fails whenever you have queuing back into the intersection, because it’s a short block between State of Franklin and Peoples Street,” he said.
The intersection already was quite busy, especially during the holiday shopping season, because of the adjacent Johnson City Crossing shopping complex, as well Home Depot, Best Buy, IHOP and other businesses. Soon, Hobby Lobby and At Home retailers will open to fill the void on the other side of the intersection created by the closing of Kmart.