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Oak Ridge intersection signals changing

Changes will soon come to one Oak Ridge intersection. The city of Oak Ridge’s Public Works Department is advising drivers of a new stop sign that will be installed on Tyler Road, at its intersection with Tennessee Avenue. In a press release, the city says the new stop sign will be uncovered on Tuesday, July 23, at approximately 8 am. 

Currently, both Tyler Road and Tennessee Avenue are controlled by a traffic signal. The change is being made after a traffic study indicated the traffic pattern and crash history at this location does not justify the need for a traffic signal, according to the release. The study also indicated that changing the right-of-way assignment to favor Tennessee Avenue will reduce delays. 

The existing signal will be set to display a red flashing light to drivers on Tyler Road, indicating a stop condition, and flash yellow on Tennessee Avenue. After a period of 90 days, the signal will be removed and the painted stop lines on Tennessee Avenue will also be removed. 

A message board is on site this week to warn drivers of the upcoming change. Any questions can be directed to the Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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