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Phases 3, 4 of Apison Pike widening discussed

Big changes are coming to Apison Pike north of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, but it’s going to be awhile before they take place.

At a public meeting last week, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Robert Rodgers announced changes that include a shifting of the road’s alignment going north, a new bridge over the railroad crossing at University Drive, installing a roundabout at the intersection of Asher Avenue and Tallant Road and widening the road.

“Up to Layton [Lane] we’ll have the same cross-section as the road out there now with four through lanes, a center turn lane, shoulder and bike lane with curb, gutter and sidewalks,” said Rodgers. “At Layton it will drop down to two through lanes, a center turn lane, shoulder and bike lane with curb, gutter and sidewalks.”

An estimated 16 residences and two businesses will be affected by right-of-way acquisition for the project. That phase has not yet been funded.

Rodgers said TDOT anticipates right-of-way acquisition could begin in the third quarter of 2014 and construction, which has yet to be allocated funding, could begin in 2016 with an estimated completion date of 2018-2019 for Phase 3, which extends to Layton Lane.

No tentative dates or money have been earmarked for the newly added Phase 4, which will widen Apison Pike from Layton Lane to East Brainerd Road.