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Traffic Issues Ahead: Multiple area highway projects underway


Road signs and earth-moving machines moved into place this week as work on the
reconfiguration of Interstate 40 Exit 432 and its connection to Hwy. 25-70. This work is one of
several highway projects either currently underway or about to begin in Cocke County.
Published: 7:01 PM, 07/12/2013 Last updated: 7:07 PM, 07/12/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Work on several local highway projects continues to increase and traffic issues will be part of the process, according to Cocke County Partnership President Don Hurst.

Speaking to the Partnership's Executive Community early Thursday morning, Hurst summarized the status of five local projects.

"Work began yesterday on the project to redesign Exit 432," Hurst said, "and the nearby Hwy. 411 construction is becoming much more visible."

Another project, work on the I-40 bridge spanning Douglas Lake is also on the horizon. "Plans call for one lane each of the east and westbound lanes to be closed," Hurst continued. "We will be asking TDOT to place large signs directing motorists to alternate routes."

These routes, according to Hurst, will bring more traffic through Newport. "There will also be traffic issues on Hwy. 25-E when work commences on the new bridge there, and work on the Wolf Creek bridge continues."

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

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