Farragut Costco store brings infrastructure changes

Farragut Costco store brings infrastructure changes

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Officials put in a new traffic light to ease congestion. Officials put in a new traffic light to ease congestion.
Even though the Costco doesn't open until Friday, the parking lot is already full. Even though the Costco doesn't open until Friday, the parking lot is already full.
Sapling's employee Cody Galbraith Lickliter said people have been driving through her parking lot to access recycling bins. Sapling's employee Cody Galbraith Lickliter said people have been driving through her parking lot to access recycling bins.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - The Costco store in Farragut opens Friday and construction workers are busy trying to get the new light and road changes ready.

"We've put a couple of things in place with some traffic signals and stuff to help with the traffic in the area, but when they open, we'll find out just how busy they are," said Farragut town Administrator David Smoak.

There have also been lane additions in the area to accommodate the extra traffic.

"It is a busy area now, and it does experience some congestion, so obviously this additional traffic may make things a little more congested, but I think people are excited about the store opening," said Jim Snowden of Knox County Public Works.

Sapling's Garden Center is near one of the new traffic lights. On Wednesday, they had to close one of their entrances because workers are moving Farlow Road to accommodate for the increased traffic.

"On the upside of it, people are actually coming through here to get to the recycle bin, because that's closed off. A lot of people have found that a bit aggravating for them. They've shared with us. However, that gets them through the parking lot to see all of the beautiful things we have," said Sapling's employee Cody Galbraith Lickliter.

The county's part of the bill for the changes is about $500,000.

The rest of the road construction project is expected to be completed in the next two to three weeks.

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