(WBIR-Sevier County) It seems when one project nears for TDOT, another one is in the works.
That's the case in Sevier County, where work on the third phase in a four-year-long road widening project on Highway 66 is slated to finish in April 2015. Currently, crews are working on widening a four-lane road to six lanes on a stretch between Kodak and Sevierville. The current phase includes widening the bridge over the French Broad River, which has not experienced problems, according to a TDOT spokesperson.
"Lots of construction. It seems it's very slow going," said Dawn Littleton, a frequent Sevier County visitor from Central Louisiana. "I have seen some progress."
However, drivers we spoke to also have been watching the building up of cars getting on Highway 66 via the I-40 offramp on Exit 407.
There's work, according to TDOT, to build a "diverging diamond model," similar to one built in 2010 in Alcoa, to help alleviate that traffic. The goal is to provide constant flows of traffic without stopping.
Bids for that will be open in 2014, TDOT added.
"I'm ready for no construction and no slowing down when getting into town," Littleton added.