PDF of TDOT’s proposed intersection of Highway 46 with Jackson Brothers Way and relocated driveway for Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
After getting a new name, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology could be getting a new entrance under the Traffic System Management proposal for Highway 46 prepared by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. As part of the recommended improvements in the $8.3 million plan, TDOT is recommending that the current entrance to TCAT be closed and a new entrance be constructed directly across from Jackson Brothers Way. Because development is expected to continue in the Renaissance Park, the study says the anticipated increase in traffic and the addition of the TCAT entrance on the west side mean the intersection should be signalized. The plan does not call for any physical changes to Highway 46 or the approach of Jackson Brothers Way. It says the new TCAT driveway should include a left-turn lane and a combination through-traffic and right-turn lane. The study recommends the new traffic signals include protected and permitted left-turn signals for Highway 46 only. The new signal will be part of the north coordinated signal system, which also includes proposed signals at Marshall Stuart Drive, Lewis Hollow Road, Beasley Drive, Walnut Street, College Street and Henslee Drive. For any road with closely space traffic signals, the report says coordinated timing of the signals is fundamental to optimizing traffic flow. The timing coordination is to take into account the day of the week and time of day when traffic peaks on Highway 46. TDOT has already begun survey work to prepare for the design phase of the plan.