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State Route 62 - Western Avenue
(From Texas Ave. to Major Ave.), Knoxville

Project Update (Updated October 2, 2013)

The Department is currently completing the redesign of Keith Avenue as shown below. Several meetings have occurred this year on site with all Railroad and Utility companies represented and actively involved in coordinating their work activities. The review process determined that the best option was to completely eliminate the at-grade crossings. This Preferred Alternative was shown to the public at a Public Design Meeting held January 17, 2012.,

A Public Meeting was conducted on January 17, 2012.
(Public Meeting Presentationpdf

Proposed Improvements


Keith Avenue Redesign Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Advantages
    • Eliminates all at-Grade crossing on Keith Avenue
    • Grade Separated Crossing - Safest Alternative for Pedestrians, School
    • Buses and other Vehicular Traffic
    • No additional tracts affected along SR-62
    • Better traffic operations
  •  Disadvantages
    • Approximately 25 new tracts impacted with 4 tracts that may require relocation
    • New signal at the intersection of SR-62 and realigned Keith Avenue
    • Requires reevaluation of environmental documents

Major Points of Interest near Intersection of SR-62 and Keith Avenue

  • West View Elementary School is located at the corner of Belmont Height Avenue and Mingle Avenue. School is located approximately 2000 feet from the rail crossing
  • West View Park is located on the corner of Keith Avenue and Glenn Avenue. Park is located approximately 2000 feet from the rail crossing
  • Knox County Library – Murphy Branch is located on the corner of SR-62 (Western Avenue) and Major Avenue. Library is located approximately 800 feet from the rail crossing
  • Child & Family Services located on the corner of Keith Avenue and Dawn Street. Site is located approximately 1300 feet from the rail crossing