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Posted on: January 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Section of East Cedar Street to close for construction Monday, Jan. 11

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A 0.7-mile section of Bristol, Tennessee’s East Cedar Street between King College Road and Florida Avenue will be closed to traffic on Monday, Jan. 11, and is expected to remain closed for about four months as part of the $8.98 million East Cedar Street improvement project that began last fall.

The closure is necessary to safely complete major construction along this section of East Cedar Street, which will include the straightening of an “S” curve, the relocation of utilities, and grade work to improve the vertical road alignment. Arrangements have been made for residents within the construction zone to maintain access to their homes, but all other traffic will be diverted around the area. King University can be accessed via entrances on East State Street and King College Road.

When traveling westbound on King College Road toward East Cedar Street, motorists will be directed to continue along King College Road/East State Street toward downtown. When traveling eastbound on East Cedar Street, motorists will be directed to turn left on Florida Avenue, then follow Spruce Street to East State Street.

 “Although this road closure wasn’t originally planned, having both lanes closed for a period of time will allow us to expedite this portion of the overall project and reduce the overall amount of time that the motoring public is impacted by this construction work,” said City Traffic Engineer David Metzger. 

First approved in 2011 as part of the Bristol Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan 2035, the overall project includes major improvements to the 1.2-mile stretch of East Cedar Street between 5th Street and King College Road. The project is designed to improve safety and enhance access to the northeast area of the City. When completed, all of East Cedar Street will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road. Improvements also are being made at key intersections to enhance safety, improve traffic signals, and provide better sight distance.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is funding $7.19 million, or 80 percent of the total project, with the balance paid by the City. Construction is expected to continue through fall 2022.

 While the section of East Cedar Street between King College Road and Florida Avenue is closed in the coming months, work also will continue on other phases of the project. In the interest of safety and to minimize traffic congestion, motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes when possible. Motorist may encounter traffic delays, construction workers and equipment when traveling along the East Cedar Street corridor.  In addition, motorist should be aware of changes to traffic control at the intersection of East Cedar Street and King College Road for the duration of this road closure.

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