LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – As the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) continues its work on Highway 63 (General Carl Wade Stiner Highway) motorists are working to navigate the construction and rough road.
The goal of the construction is to increase the road from a two- lane road to a five-lane road, according to TDOT’s website.
Highway 63’s use as a “principal arterial roadway” and as an I-75 detour is behind the $17 million job. Once completed, the road will have improved safety, capacity and will have corrected deficiencies in the current road, the website said.
For Campbell Countians, the work will affect them in two areas. The first section is from the LaFollette city limits to the Frontier Road/Woodson Lane area. The other section is from Frontier Road/ Woodson Lane to the Campbell/ Claiborne County line.
These roughly 11 miles of road have become a challenge for local drivers. Between construction barrels, changing traffic patterns, the loss of the shoulder in some areas and uneven surfaces motorists are forced to navigate the construction.
Once work is completed, from LaFollette to Hall Lane will be widened to four 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot center turning lane, TDOT said. New traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Highway 63 and Myers Lane (Food Lion) as well at the intersection of Highway 63 and Middlesboro Road/ Wildwood Circle.
Potter South East, LLC was awarded the contract to complete the construction, according to TDOT.
The four-phase project is scheduled to be finished by May 31, 2023.
“Construction projects can certainly affect our efforts to get from point A to point B. We appreciate the patience of the motoring public as this important work continues,” said TDOT Spokesperson Mark Nagi. “In the end, this will be a safer and more efficient roadway for motorists in Claiborne and Campbell Counties.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 12/07/2020- 6AM)