Alcoa Hwy Progress Update – 9.18.2018

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    Kathy Proctor
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    Below are your questions and the answers from the engineer on the project. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

    1. When are the bridges and access road projected to be completed?
    The 3 bridges are all on different time frames and it is unclear on the exact dates they will be completed/open to traffic. I can tell you that the bridge at Maloney road will be the first one completed, and is projected to be open to the public sometime around early spring at the latest, weather permitting. The bridge at Montlake will be the next one completed, followed by the bridge at Mount Vernon.

    2. Will development will be encouraged on the larger parcels of land around the intersections.
    Anything within state right of way will not have any type of development going on. There is a large portion of land acquired by the contractor on Montlake that is near the roundabout intersection, but the state does not know the intentions of the contractor for this parcel after construction is completed.

    3. What progress is being made on the greenways
    The greenway will be one of the last things completed/open on the project. The grade work for the greenway has been completed in some sections along its route, but a majority of the alignment for the greenway depends on other activities to be completed before it can be installed. To explain the greenway at retaining wall at Woodson. The greenway will not be hanging off of the wall, but will rather be on the roadway side of the wall. There will be a concrete barrier wall constructed between the greenway and Alcoa highway for safety of those using the greenway in this area. For now, the greenway will end just passed Woodson until the next project begins which will pick it back up and carry it to the current greenway that runs along Fort Loudon.

    4. Some explanation for the work at Ginn.
    Both Ginn road West and East required grade work for their new alignments, which is now completed at this time. As of right now, East Ginn road is projected to be completed first and open to traffic within the next few months. West Ginn road will then be completed once the East side is done.

    Please note, that a vast majority of the work left to be completed on the North end of the project for the bridges, access roads, greenways, etc… depend on the large retaining wall being constructed across from Mount Vernon. Once you see this nearing completion, then you’ll see a lot of these things really coming together.

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