Many of you have seen the digital display along Alcoa Hwy that announces that the exit from Alcoa Hwy to Montlake will close on October 23. The Blalock project manager explained today that Montlake will remain closed until the completion of this phase of the Alcoa Hwy expansion.
This means that all residents of Lakemoor Hills will only be able to exit Alcoa Hwy heading south at Ginn Rd. and Maloney Rd. You will be able to enter Alcoa Hwy heading south at these two roads also.
But if you wish to head north to UT Hospital or downtown, your only choice will be to enter Alcoa Hwy by crossing the Maloney Rd. bridge over Alcoa and use the exit from the round a bout to access the northern lane.
If Montlake has been your entry and exit of choice, you may need to plan to add a few extra minutes to reroute to Maloney for the next 6 or 7 months.
PLANNING (previously called MPC) has published their draft agenda for their October 10, 2019 meeting. Item #7 under STREET NAME CHANGES is a proposal to change the name of Ginn Rd. (from Alcoa Hwy to the intersection with Maloney Rd). to Quiet Side Drive. There has been a sign posted near the intersection of Alcoa and Ginn that announces this proposed change. Those of you that think this might not be such a good idea may want to attend the meeting that afternoon at the City County Building Main Assembly Room at 1:30 PM.
Planning staff had decided that this name change was necessary since with the Alcoa Hwy construction, Ginn Rd. no longer aligned and renaming the roads would reduce confusion.
We are blessed to have Dick Graf sitting on that board so you may want to share your thoughts about this with Dick before the meeting. He has pointed out to the board that the Ginn farm was located on this side of Alcoa Hwy so history supports the road remaining the same name.
To view the entire agenda you may follow this link. Planning
Team 1: Site Study Area is from Mount Vernon Drive to National Fitness Center SiteAlcoa Highway Charrette Report & Vision Plan_Team 1
Team 2: Site Study Area is from the Strip Shopping Center to Ginn DriveAlcoa Highway Charrette Report & Vision Plan_Team 2
Team 3: Site Study Area is from National Fitness Center site to Ginn DriveAlcoa Highway Charrette Report & Vision Plan_Team 3
Team 4: Site Study Area is from Ginn Drive to Maloney RoadAlcoa Highway Charrette Report & Vision Plan_Team 4
Friday, July 26 fromt 5 – 6 PM a public presentation of design ideas for the revitalization of the commercial corridor along Alcoa Hwy will occur at the North Campus of Sevier Heights Baptist Church (adjacent to CVS). Please come and see what might be able to happen in the commercial area right outside our neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served. Please come voice your ideas.
When driving from Blount County, can you turn left from Alcoa Hwy. onto Maloney Rd. @ this point in time? Is there a designated left turn lane there?
During the first weeks of construction enforcement was good, and most drivers stayed fairly close to 40. Now–with the most obvious speed-limit-sign taken away, and lax enforcement–most drivers feel free to ignore the 40mph limit.
Contract CNQ029 Alcoa Highway SR 115 (US 129)
November 28, 2017 Project Update
Crews continue to work on Collector Road #1 at Maloney Road (west). Maloney Rd. detours using Ginn Dr. to access Alcoa Hwy will remain in place until the collector is complete. The contractor is working to try to get the collector complete to the stage where traffic can use it to access Alcoa Hwy. Hopefully weather will allow this to be done before the new year.
Wall #8 construction is ongoing. Many of the smaller retaining walls on the south end of the project are complete. Wall crews will head north to begin work on Wall #9. Wall #9 is located on the west side of Alcoa Hwy between the end of the project and Montlake Dr. In order to do this work, southbound traffic will need to be shifted toward the center of Alcoa Hwy to allow room to work. During this shift, the southbound left turn lane to Woodson Dr. will be removed. Motorist will be allowed right turns from Woodson to NB Alcoa Hwy only. Motorist should prepare to detour using John Sevier Hwy & Maryville Pike. Traffic is expected to remain in this condition thru March 2018.
The Traffic Alert regarding the traffic shift will be shared with the media today.
Contract CNQ029 Alcoa Highway SR 115 (US 129)
September 11, 2017 Project Update
The above photo is from the cut area above Wall #8. From this view you can see the cuts near Barber Hill and the fills at Mt. Vernon. Vegetation is starting to grow in these areas as well as above the wall. You can also see from this photo the crews working on the wall. At this time the wall is the critical activity of the project. Crews are continuing to work on other construction activities along the route as well, including storm drain installation and utility relocations. Crews will also start working on Collector Road #1 at Maloney Road beginning Monday, September 11, 2017. Motorist should expect to see detours to Ginn Dr.
Below are a close-ups of the Wall #8 construction.