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Knoxville Engineering Dept. focuses on two flooded streets

8:46 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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On this damp Monday, the City of Knoxville are focusing on two streets that experience constant flooding when rain comes.

Director of Engineering Jim Hagerman told 10News Prosser Road near the Knoxville Zoo and Cross Park Drive in Cedar Bluff are the two areas that has the most frequent flooding. Often, when it rains, the roads have to be closed to traffic.

"Both of them are tough nuts to crack. If it was easy, somebody would've done it before us," Hagerman said.

For the last two years, the engineering department has been performing studies to figure out the best way to alleviate the standing water. Hagerman said the best way is to elevate the roads, but that did not come as an easy solution.

"Every time we feel like we have it solved, we find another problem. There is so much underground utilities that interfere with each other," Hagerman added.

Prosser Road is currently in a "design stage," and could begin construction this fall. The overall cost of this project, research included, is $2.2 million.

Cross Park Drive will cost a total of $3.25 million and will accept contract bids for the spring.

"Every time we feel like we have it solved, we find another problem. There is so much underground utilities that interfere with each other," Hagerman said about the complications involving this construction.

Drivers, like Jerry Beason, said they would like something done sooner than later.

"Sometimes I wish I had a boat instead of this land yacht that I'm driving," he laughed.

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