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Panel to discuss property acquisition


CROSSVILLE — The Crossville City Council will consider how to move forward to acquire property for the first phase of the Northwest Connector when it meets tonight.

City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell was tasked at a June 27 special-called meeting with continuing negotiations with property owners of the remaining two parcels needed for the highway. The city needs to be in the process of taking possession of the right-of-way in order to meet a deadline set by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and have the construction portion of the project bid out in September.

The first phase of the Northwest Connector would connect Hwy. 70 W. at Tennessee Ave. with Hwy. 70 N. at Northside Dr. Future phases include improving Northside Dr. from Hwy. 70 N. to Hwy. 127. and improving Interstate Dr. from Hwy. 127 to Genesis Rd. A feasibility study by TDOT found the road, when complete, would help take 6,300 cars a day off Elmore Road and onto the new route, improving traffic flow and safety. The city has provided engineering services and is securing the right-of-way for the project while the state will fund construction of the road.

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