Drivers liking improvements so far on Prosser Road that's tempor

Drivers liking improvements so far on Prosser Road that's temporarily open for the fair

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Prosser Road was once plagued by flooding. Crews have been reconstructing a 1,600 foot stretch between Magnolia Avenue and Knoxville Zoo Drive since this spring. Prosser Road was once plagued by flooding. Crews have been reconstructing a 1,600 foot stretch between Magnolia Avenue and Knoxville Zoo Drive since this spring.
While the road is open for just about a week, it's a welcome sight for businesses like Quick-O-Muffler right on the corner of construction. While the road is open for just about a week, it's a welcome sight for businesses like Quick-O-Muffler right on the corner of construction.
"There's curb and gutter to build, there's sidewalk on one side. So far it's paved only wide enough to allow traffic through for now," said Knoxville Director of Engineering Jim Hagerman. "There's curb and gutter to build, there's sidewalk on one side. So far it's paved only wide enough to allow traffic through for now," said Knoxville Director of Engineering Jim Hagerman.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Knoxville road is getting a much needed makeover. Prosser Road was once plagued by flooding. Crews have been reconstructing a 1,600 foot stretch between Magnolia Avenue and Knoxville Zoo Drive since this spring.

Because of the Tennessee Valley Fair, Prosser Road is temporarily open for people to take a test-drive of sorts. So far drivers say they're happy with the changes.

Dark looming clouds used to be worrisome out on Prosser Road.

"It was like a war zone. Had to keep going around it and if you had a row boat you were really good," said Bruce Devereaux from Jefferson County.

But there's good news of sorts for drivers, crews are halting reconstruction until September 14th or the end of the fair.

"It looks really nice. They did a great job," added Devereaux.

But the job's not finished just yet. "There's curb and gutter to build, there's sidewalk on one side. So far it's paved only wide enough to allow traffic through for now," said Knoxville Director of Engineering Jim Hagerman.

Currently, there's just the first layer of asphalt. Crews have used soil to raise the street level, and some drainage systems have also been installed.

"Most of the construction that they have left to do is sensitive to weather to some extent. The stuff that they already did was the most sensitive," added Hagerman.

While the road is open for just about a week, it's a welcome sight for businesses like Quick-O-Muffler right on the corner of construction.

"I actually test drove a car down it right after it opened up," said manager Robert Hankins.

When Prosser Road closes again, that means it's just a brief waiting game until work wraps up by December.

"It'd be nice to get it done and get everything back to normal," said Hankins.

The city's Department of Engineering says that improvements won't eliminate, rather help with flooding meaning if the road has to be closed it won't stay closed for weeks.

The Prosser Road project will close nearly $1.4 million.

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