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Construction project begins at Indian Trail Drive

Matthew Lane • Oct 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Construction will be taking place at the intersection of Indian Trail Drive and East Stone Drive near the Kroger Fuel Center beginning Thursday morning.

Summers Taylor, Inc. is the contractor performing the work for the city, and the project is expected to take about three months to complete. The cost for the work is $208,000.

ROAD CLOSURE

According to the city, a closure of Indian Trail Drive from the intersection with East Stone Drive to the intersection of Indian Lane will take effect after 9 p.m. as needed during construction.

Traffic will be diverted around the construction zone by flashing signs and by flaggers when required. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area during this time.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The intersection in question is a split-face intersection where the two sides of Indian Trail don’t actually align perfectly. Traffic on one side goes first and then the other.

What’s being done is the widening of Indian Trail on the Kroger gas station side of Stone Drive, moving the curb line and enlarging the turning radius. Motorists will have slightly wider lanes along with a true right and left lane coming out of Indian Trail.

Currently, there are two lanes on that side of Indian Trail, one coming in and one going out. At times, traffic can back up when one vehicle wants to turn left onto Stone Drive and those wanting to turn right have to wait.

When this improvement project is finished, there will be two lanes coming out of Indian Trail: a dedicated right turn lane and a second lane for turning left or going across to the other side of Indian Trail.

If you have any questions about the project, contact Pamela Gilmer with the city of Kingsport Engineering Division at (423) 229-9475. For more information, visit www.kingsporttn.gov.

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