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Traffic plans revealed for University Commons – WBIR

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Traffic plans have been revealed for a new development near the Cumberland Avenue Strip.

10News told you about the University Commons development in early January.  The site will include a Publix and Walmart.

Developer Budd Cullom hired Traffic Engineer Jeff Mize with Knoxville-based CDM Smith to create a traffic plan for the site.

According to Mize, there will be two major changes if his plan is approved.

View a map of the area and proposed changes. (pdf)

The Joe Johnson Bridge runs behind the University Commons property.  A new bridge will be constructed from the site that carries shoppers to the Joe Johnson Bridge.

The Development’s main entrance will be at Metron Center Way and Kingston Pike.  Drivers traveling westbound on Kingston Pike will have a turn lane to enter the development.  Drivers coming from the Alcoa Highway ramps can enter the site from the right lane.

Mize believes some city changes will help clear congestion as well.

“All of the signals along Kingston Pike to Cumberland Avenue, from the Alcoa Highway Ramps all the way to Volunteer, will be coordinated.  Also, the road diet that the city is doing on Cumberland Avenue helps with our traffic.  We’re assuming a 25% reducing in traffic from the road diet itself,” Mize said.

Cullom and KCDC presented the proposed traffic plans to the public Monday night.  There will be one more public meeting before the city and county vote on the plan. 

Approval would provide the developer money to help pay for the traffic changes.

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