Kingston committee to look at possible Hwy. 70 widening

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By The Staff



Heavy traffic that slows travel to a crawl on Hwy. 70 has inspired a look at widening the section of roadway from the new bridge to Rite Aid in downtown Kingston.

Councilman Don White is one of the officials interested in exploring widening the highway to four lanes, White is chairman of an ad hoc transportation committee formed during Tuesday’s Kingston City Council meeting. Other members are Mayor Troy Beets, City Manager Jim Pinkerton, street department director Tim Clark and a community member who has yet to be appointed.

White said  “60 some-odd wrecks” happened between the bridge and Kentucky Street over the past year.

He said 14,000 cars a day pass through, and the state says 18,000 to 20,000 cars a day require a four lane. Roane County High School adds to the load.

“When school is out, you cannot even get through this town,” White said.

Interstate 40 accidents also result in heavy detours of traffic onto Hwy. 70.

White wants to look into the project, with the idea of the state paving the roadway and TVA doing what is necessary to the levee near Roane County High and city park.