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Highway Commissioners concerned about Fugate Road

Published: 9:11 AM, 03/14/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Members of the Cocke County Highway Commission voiced concerns about portions of Fugate Road during Tuesday's regular meeting.

While discussing a work plan, Commissioner Danny Shelton reported the need for rip rap along one area of the road. "It's sliding off," said Shelton. He also pointed out that water is backing into the road in some areas during heavy rain, creating icy spots when the weather gets below freezing.

Commissioner Kenny Hall asked if the county could possibly get grant money for fixing the road. Hall said he is concerned that an incident, such as another rock slide on Interstate 40, could result in more traffic using Fugate Road.

"If something happens on I-40, there will be people killed on Fugate Road," said Hall.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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