Fourth in a 4-part series

Highway, intersection upgrades are planned

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 9/23/17

The city of Cleveland will be moving ahead with plans for improvements on several major roadways and intersections during the coming year.

These improvements, targeting relief for traffic …

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Fourth in a 4-part series

Highway, intersection upgrades are planned

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The city of Cleveland will be moving ahead with plans for improvements on several major roadways and intersections during the coming year.

These improvements, targeting relief for traffic congestion, were among priorities in the city’s communitywide survey campaign recently. The city’s continued growth has created considerable concerns relating to traffic.

Opposition to many plans for development in the city is often directly related to the anticipation of increased traffic by surrounding residents and subdivision organizations.

This is the fourth and final installment of a series of articles on proposed city projects. These upgrades and improvements are being enabled by a recent property tax increase, which will provide funding. The start of several of these projects are included in the 2017-18 city budget approved by the City Council.

Perhaps the highway project of the most interest is the city’s assistance with the state on the widening of Georgetown Road, State Route 60, which runs from the 25th Street/Interstate 75 intersection to the Freewill Road/Rabbit Valley Road intersection near Hopewell Elementary School.

This section of Georgetown Road will travel along the front entrance to the city’s new Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School. Construction on the school will begin in the summer of 2018, following the completion of earthwork, with a completion date in 2019.

The acquisition of right of way along this widening route is planned for the start of 2018. Stakes have been placed along the path of the widening to give property owners an idea of what property will be needed. The purchasing of the right of way is still ahead.

Planning for the Georgetown Road (Highway 60) widening has been ongoing for some time. There have been continued planning and revisions, and several levels of confusion for residents.

Contributing to the confusion on the Highway 60 widening, is the fact the Tennessee Department of Transportation has now included the extension of improvements to the Bradley County/Hamilton County line to the west as a follow-up project. This project will begin around the same time of the North Ocoee Highway widening from Anatole Subdivision to Lauderdale Memorial Highway in Charleston.

These two projects will be after this early section of Highway 60 (Georgetown Road) widening.

Other street improvement projects being considered are the Georgetown Road/25th Street intersection, Peerless Road/25th Street intersection, and much anticipated improvements for the Paul Huff Parkway/Mouse Creek Road location.

It is hoped the Paul Huff/Mouse Creek project will greatly relieve congestion at this intersection, especially since there is planning under way by LeConte developers of Knoxville for a retail mall along Paul Huff Parkway just west of the intersection. There will also be a substantial residential development just to the rear, west of Mouse Creek Road.

The roadway is already heavily traveled, prior to this future commercial/residential expansion.

City staff has received plan revisions for the Georgetown Road/25th Street improvements. The city is currently coordinating with Cleveland Utilities for a relocation of utilities in this area.

The city is preparing pre-paving applications to TDEC for the Peerless and 25th Street intersection.

This projects has the potential of enclosing 200 feet of the stream along this intersection, and stream mitigation credits.

The four articles over the past four days have provided Cleveland Daily Banner readers with an update of several of the projects being undertaken by the City of Cleveland.

City Manager Joe Fivas, and his staff, provided an update to City Council members two weeks ago. The presentation was prepared by administrative assistant Brian Moran, which was informative and well received by the elected officials.

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