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Parkside Drive widening could start this summer

6:46 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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The section of Parkside Drive between Seven Oaks Drive and Pellissippi Parkway has ranked number one for crash volume on two lane roads in Knox County since at least 2003, according to Knox County Public Works and Engineering

They're hoping an expansion project will change that.

Knox County Commission voted Tuesday at their work session to recommend approving a resolution permitting land acquisition for the project.

That means they'll take a final vote next week, but expect to pass it.

Public Works and Engineering Assistant Director Jim Snowden says including the cost of buying the land, redoing utilities, and construction, the cost of the project will approach $10 million.

The county estimates 15,000 cars travel that section of road everyday, which is far more than it's designed for.

The money would go toward the construction and property acquisition to make it happen.

If approved next week, construction could begin this summer and be completed in two years.

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