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County wants town’s help with cost for traffic light study on Highway 11E

Washington County will ask the Town of Jonesborough to pay half of the cost for a warrant study to justify whether a traffic signal is needed at the intersection of North Cherokee Street and Highway 11E.
Budget Committee members reviewed a recommendation during their May 16 meeting from the County-Owned Property Committee to pay up to $100,000 for the warrant study, signal design and installation.
The warrant study, expected to cost approximately $14,000 of the total, must be submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for approval.
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe and Town Administrator Bob Browning told the County-Owned Property Committee during a May 3 meeting the town would provide the labor to narrow medians and extend turn lanes on both sides of the intersection if the project proceeds.
A warrant study for the same intersection was completed in 2008.
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge has contacted the company who did that study to ask if an update of it would be possible at a lower price. He has not yet received a response, he said.
Commissioner Joe Grandy made a motion to offer a partnership to the Town of Jonesborough and request the cost of the study be split.
Commissioner Mitch Meredith seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.