Public Meeting on Washington Pike Project Announced

The City will hold a public meeting on the Washington Pike project on May 29.

The City of Knoxville has received approval from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to begin acquiring rights of way for the Washington Pike corridor redesign between Interstate 640 and Murphy Road. The project, estimated at $17 million, aims to improve traffic flow and safety.

A public meeting has been scheduled to provide updates to residents, businesses, and local churches. This meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the New Harvest Park Community Building, located at 4775 New Harvest Lane.

During the meeting, attendees will meet the City’s rights-of-way acquisition consultant team from Johnson, Mirmiran, and Thompson (JMT). The rights-of-way acquisition phase is expected to take up to 18 months and involves purchasing nearly 60 property easements.

The redesign will add turn lanes and correct accident-prone intersections. Particularly, the intersection at Washington Pike and Lifespring Lane experiences, on average, an accident every four days. This is one of several problematic intersections in the area.

Washington Pike will remain five lanes on the western end of the project area, near Greenway Drive and the Target store. It will narrow to three lanes by New Harvest Lane, then expand back to five lanes, including a turn lane, at Steeple Shadow Way and Babelay Road, continuing to the City limits at Murphy Road. Beyond Murphy Road, Washington Pike will remain two lanes.

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