By Bethany Anderson
One of the more notable construction projects currently underway in Johnson County is the work zone at the intersection of Highway 67 and Pedro Shoun Lane in the Doe Valley area.
The project has been ongoing for several months now and according to officials likely will continue for quite some time before its completion.
With estimated completion not for another year (according to our sources at the Highway Department), it will take quite some time.
According to locals (including current Johnson County Sheriff Eddie Tester), the area is notoriously dangerous with a long history of car wrecks and pedestrian injuries and even fatalities. “Oh yeah, it ’s dangerous over there. Hopefully, this helps though.” Tester said.
In 2017 then Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter met with Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to discuss the dangers of the intersection located at Pedro Shoun Lane and Highway 67 (near the Corner Pocket Pool Hall).
Also discussed was the section of Highway 67 that runs from Pedro Shoun Lane all the way to the Doe Valley Food Mart & Gas Station. The determination was made to label this area a “Danger Zone” in need of safety modifications and improvements.
Many residents do not have vehicles and must instead rely on walking or biking to get around, so they, unfortunately, don’t have much choice in the matter. With many people walking or biking this stretch of busy highway to get to and from various workplaces nearby as well as the local convenience store, it’s no wonder it has such a troubled past. But TDOT’s current project is working to change that.
They are in the process of preparing to install a new walking path to make foot and bike traffic a safer experience for those who regularly use this route. Along with that, they are working in conjunction with several local agencies, including the Water Department, to improve drainage in the area, which is prone to flooding.
Officials are hopeful that when this project is complete, it will provide a much needed safer route for local residents to get around. As for now, to avoid any further dangerous situations or accidents, be aware of the reduced speed limit of 35 MPH as well as multiple lane closures as construction workers from various agencies complete ongoing work in the area.
For more information on this and other TDOT projects, contact TDOT Region 1 Director/Assistant Chief Engineer Steven M Borden at (865) 594-2400 or email [email protected]