Department looks to acquire properties for project
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is looking to acquire 278 properties to complete a project that’ll widen a stretch of state Route 126.
The Bristol Herald Courier reports the project will widen the existing highway and will include adding sidewalks and improving intersections on a roughly 4.1-mile (6.6-kilometer) stretch. Currently, the project’s total cost is expected to be $50 million.
The department says the project is necessary to improve safety. The number of crashes on the road has been greater than the state average, much of which has to do with the road’s geometry.
TDOT’s planned acquisitions would involve relocating 108 residences and 16 businesses. TDOT Region One community relations officer, Mark Nagi, says he expects the process of acquiring all the properties to take 30 to 36 months.
Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com