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Five Points traffic circle expected to be built next spring

After years of discussion, a controversial traffic circle at the Five Points intersection in Jonesborough is likely to be constructed next spring.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced plans in 2010 to install the traffic circle at the dangerous intersection in an attempt to slow down drivers and make the area safer for motorists.
The circle, however, requires the demolition of the long-standing Five Points Grocery, which sits on property along that intersection.
Grocery owner Kelly Street has been a vocal opponent of the plan, citing the loss of her business and the potential for more danger as reasons the traffic circle should not be built there.
Street and other community members have expressed concern about those driving in that area, particularly students going to and from the nearby David Crockett High School, not understanding how a traffic circle actually works.
Last week, TDOT informed town leaders a public forum will be held on Jan. 17, 2013, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center about the Five Points traffic project.
In addition to holding the information session, TDOT reportedly is scheduling a similar meeting at Crockett to familiarize students and staff with the project and how a traffic circle works.
According to Town Administrator Bob Browning, Jonesborough police are also working with the school to set up a simulated traffic circle there to let students practice on before the one at Five Points is initiated.
TDOT plans to start construction on the Five Points traffic circle next spring. The state is currently in the “real estate acquisition” phase, Browning said.