Crews to improve problematic North Knox County intersection

Crews to improve problematic North Knox County intersection

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The intersection in question is Andersonville Pike at Maynardville Pike just south of Emory Road. The intersection in question is Andersonville Pike at Maynardville Pike just south of Emory Road.
The concern is that people have to accelerate to dart across two lanes of highway traffic. This, according to Keaton, is why this intersection is prone to accidents and close calls. The concern is that people have to accelerate to dart across two lanes of highway traffic. This, according to Keaton, is why this intersection is prone to accidents and close calls.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 6 News viewer is worried about close calls and accidents at a North Knox County intersection.

Keaton sent us an email: "Hello, WATE Streetwise. I am concerned about an intersection in the Halls area. This intersection is crossing two lanes of traffic. It is the intersection at Highway 33 and Andersonville Pike."

The concern is that people have to accelerate to dart across two lanes of highway traffic. This, according to Keaton, is why this intersection is prone to accidents and close calls.

We have contacted both TDOT and Knox County to see if there are any plans to make improvements through here. The good news is that there are.

Knox County provided us with some plans showing that this intersection will be part of a larger effort called the "Halls Connector Project." Crews will be installing turn lanes at the intersection as well as traffic lights.

This is not going to happen overnight. The county is working jointly with TDOT and the project is scheduled to go out for bid to contractors in October 2014.

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