Knox County drivers concerned about cars merging into each other

Knox County drivers concerned about cars merging into each other on ramp

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Some viewers are concerned about worn away lines on the I-40 east ramp from southbound Pellissippi Parkway Some viewers are concerned about worn away lines on the I-40 east ramp from southbound Pellissippi Parkway
By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 6 News viewer wrote to Streetwise recently, concerned about drivers merging into one another on a West Knox County interstate ramp whose lines have worn away.

Greg writes: "The I-40 east ramp from southbound Pellissippi Parkway is two lanes that merge to one lane. The traffic on this ramp should be merging into the right lane, but since the arrows on the left lane are completely worn away, many people assume they should be merging left."

He goes on to say that at the end of the ramp, there is a "merge right" sign, but more is needed prior to that. He's wondering if it is possible for TDOT to repaint the arrows on the pavement to give a better heads up to drivers on which way to merge...

There have apparently been some close calls of people cutting others off or almost merging into one another.

We will pass along these concerns to TDOT and see if they'll take a look.

I-640 work continues

Speaking of interstate ramps, this week there has been on and off work on the flyover single lane ramp from Interstate 640 east to I-75 north. There will be a big change to this project coming Friday night.

Beginning at 10 p.m., the ramp will close to traffic as crews begin Phase 2 of bridge repairs. There is no timetable on how long it will take...

TDOT reminds everyone that your detour will be I-40 east to I-275 north to access I-75 north..

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