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November 17, 2017

TDOT’s planned improvement to the intersection of Hwy. 131 and Hwy. 25E includes the offsetting of intersections in an attempt to improve line-of-sight and to reduce the number of perpendicular lanes of traffic to be crossed by those traveling Hwy. 131 across Hwy. 25E.

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Commissioners approve resolution in support of overpass

Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor

RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution in support of the construction of an overpass at Hwy. 131 and Hwy. 25E in Thorn Hill, Monday.

The resolution came as the result of a community meeting held in Thorn Hill Tuesday, Aug. 1, following the death of Karns resident Ryan Hurst Thursday, July 20, when his car collided with a truck in the intersection.

Mayor Mark Hipsher said the resolution in favor of construction of an overpass at the intersection would not impede plans to construct offset intersections at the location, a project that has already been approved by TDOT. He said TDOT representatives had advised it would likely take 15-20 years before an overpass could be constructed, but had recommended the resolution to begin the process.

Commissioners also voted to set the tax levy at $2.42, resulting in the 10th consecutive year of no property tax increase for Grainger County, and approved an interlocal agreement with Grainger County E-911.

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