Officials worry revamped offramp could worsen traffic

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By Cindy Simpson

A traffic signal has already been approved for the Interstate 40 exit 350 westbound offramp, but the new design for the ramp itself has some officials worried.
The ramp presently splits at its intersection with Pine Ridge Road in the Midtown area.
One lane swings toward Harriman proper, while the rest of the lane continues so drivers can turn toward Hwy. 70 or go back onto the interstate.
However, the state plans include two lanes that go straight to the red light at Pine Ridge Road.
Harriman officials, while pleased with the traffic light, are leery of the new lane design.
“I think by doing this it could cause backups,” Mayor Chris Mason said.
Councilman Buddy Holley has contacted the state with his opinion that the state proposal would not do.
Roane County Highway Department’s Facebook shared the news about the traffic light, which was announced earlier this year after Harriman City Council approved the state’s request to put one there.
According to the Facebook page, Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson worked on getting a traffic light there while he represented Roane County in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
He praised state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee for continuing to work on the project.