The long-awaited completion of the Shaw Ferry Road project is
closer to reality.
The utility relocations, installation of curb along the west
side of Highway 11 and the installation of drainage structures
are all complete, said Tennessee Department of Transportation
Project Manager John Barrett.
The next step in the project is the paving of the west side of
Highway 11, to be completed once weather permits. After the base
layer of asphalt has been applied, traffic will be shifted to
that side of Highway 11 in order for the contractor to work on
the east side of the highway, Barrett said.
State Representative Jimmy Matlock said the project is dependent
on the weather's cooperation. "I think we have to be above 42
degrees for the asphalt sealant to adhere properly," Matlock
Based on the current schedule, Barrett said he anticipates
completion of the project this Spring. "I think people are going
to be pleased," Matlock said.
The next road project on Matlock and Representative Randy
McNally's agenda is Ford Road at Highway 11. "There's an
equal issue there," Matlock said. McNally and he have requested
TDOT make it into a full traffic light. TDOT agreed to do a
study on the traffic count, he said. "It ought to be a stop
light likewise," he said.
The next major state project along with the bridge over Fort
Loudoun Dam will take place a Dixie Lee Junction, Matlock said.
"It's in the final stages of its drawings and engineering," he
said of the junction.
Matlock said the bridge project will soon show evidence of