(NASHVILLE, TN) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) announced today that improvements to Route 58 and State Route 72 in Kingston are complete. Yager was informed of the projects status by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) which used safety grants to fund the improvements.
Representative Calfee said the intersection had been the location of several serious and fatal car crashes.
“I am very pleased that the intersection of State Route 72 at State Route 58 has been improved,” said Senator Yager. “This intersection has been the site of many accidents over the years, some resulting in fatalities. At the request of many concerned citizens including former Roane County Commissioners Nadine Jackson and Howard Rose, then Rep. Dennis Ferguson and I invited TDOT officials to visit the site to examine it first hand.”
Senator Yager was serving as Roane County Executive when he first sought improvements for the road. Yager was elected to the State Senate in 2008. Ferguson represented Roane County in the House of Representatives at the time.
“As a result of these efforts, using Safety Grant funds, upgrades were made improving the safety of the intersection,” added Yager. “I thank the Department of Transportation for working with Mayor Woody and other local officals to complete this necessary improvement. As a result of this cooperative effort, there is no doubt that lives will be saved.”
Improvements to the road included adding a left turn lane on State Route 58 and the widening of State Route 72 to accommodate a separate left and right turn lane. It also includes flashing lights and installation of curbing to define entrances for the safety of customers who go into or out of the convenience store located there.
“The safety measures put into place will make a huge difference in protecting motorists who travel this highway,” said Representative Calfee. “I appreciate the work that went into this by all who were involved and will continue working with our local officials to help make our roads safer.”
“These improvements make this intersection safer,” added Ferguson, who is now Superintendent of Roads in Roane County. ” I am just very pleased that the project is complete to help protect those who drive through this intersection.”