West AJ road improvements underway

Work crews expand the turning lane at East Economy and West Andrew Johnson Highway.

Construction has started planned improvements on West Andrew Johnson Highway, from Walters Drive to the Crescent Center.

Tony Cox, Morristown city administrator, said those improvements include an upgraded traffic signal at East Economy Road, improved storm drainage, sidewalk rehabilitation and repaving.

“We’ll see better traffic flow, runoff management and improved vehicle and pedestrian safety,” he said.

The project is administered by the City of Morristown, which contributes 20% of the $850,000 cost for the project. The remaining funding comes from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The upgrades are part of a long range traffic improvement plan developed by the city with the Lakeway Area Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization.

Summers Taylor has the construction contract and the project engineers are Mattern & Craig.

The construction on the road project is expected to last through October. Traffic flow will be impacted as installation continues on the improved traffic signal, paving, and drainage upgrades. Cox said drivers should watch for announcements about traffic control throughout the project.

Cox reports travelers should look for other improvements to city roads soon.

“We have two similar projects in the pipeline for East Morris and Central Church,” he said.