of appeals to the Tennessee Department Of Transportation (TDOT),
and several accidents, the state agency may be ready to get
moving on improvements at the intersection of Shaw Ferry Road
and Highway 11. The improvements will include left turn lanes on
all four approaches, line of site improvements and red lights.
The intersection of Shaw Ferry and Highway 11 has been
characterized as one of the more dangerous intersections in the
county. It has been the site of several serious accidents and at
least two fatalities. Representatives of the county have been
waiting for TDOT to get moving on the project and, according to
County Commissioner Wayne Gardin, they have. "I just talked to
TDOT. Everything is go," Gardin said on Thursday. "They have all
the engineering work done. They will advertise for the bids
Friday (Jan. 8) and they will award the bids the first week of
February and the rest depends on the weather," he added.
Caution lights and rumble strips are currently in place at the
intersection. Gardin, who represents the Sixth District where
the intersection is located, said he has stayed in contact with
TDOT for updates.
In July 2009 the Loudon County Commission voted to approve two
resolutions to get the project up and running. Drivers and local
leaders have long maintained the problem with the intersection
is the blind hill on Highway 11. Anyone attempting to turn from
Shaw Ferry Road is unable to see the cars until the top of the
hill, at times too late to stop an accident from happening.
The first resolution passed by the county commission contained
the standard agreement for the county to give TDOT the land
needed and to take any necessary steps to move any utilities or
anything else not connected with the highway. It also included
provisions for the project's drainage and maintenance of the
road frontage. The commission approved a second resolution to be
sent to Tennessee Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely. The
agreement was for the county to take responsibility for lights
on the road, to pay the electric bill for those lights and do
Gardin said the news that the intersection's update was moving
forward was welcomed. "It is progressing and the money is
there," he said.