Knox awarded grant to improve Merchant Drive/Clinton Highway

Knoxville awarded grant to improve Merchant Drive/Clinton Highway intersection


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded a grant to the city of Knoxville to improve the Merchant Drive/Clinton Highway intersection.

Ninety-five percent of the project's $1 million budget will be provided by TDOT, with the city covering a five percent local match.

The project will extend on Merchant Drive from Marguerite Road to Ridgefield Road and on Clinton Highway from Orchid Drive to Harriett Place and make the following improvements:

  • Realign the left turns, allowing left-turn traffic to run concurrently and eliminating the need for separate left-turn phases.
  • Add appropriate pedestrian crossing times to the signal.
  • Convert flushed-painted channelization islands to raised channelization islands, providing pedestrian refuges with pedestrian crosswalk markings on all four legs of the intersection.
  • Improve the sidewalks on each of the corners to provide ADA compliant access at the intersection and add new sidewalk on all four legs of the intersection.
  • Extend the sidewalk improvements from the intersection to provide pedestrian access to the eight nearby Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus stops on two bus routes, a public library, local retail, and churches. Currently, of the eight (KAT) stops in this area, only two are accessible via dedicated pedestrian facilities.
  • Modify curb lines along Clinton Highway at the intersection to maintain a minimum of 4' shoulders for bicyclists, and designate the westbound right-turn lane as a combined bicycle/right turn lane with a shared lane marking or sharrow.
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