Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for SR 93 from I-81 to SR 347 dated September 2010 develops the purpose and need, which is to improve safety, provide an upgraded link in the regional transportation system, and improve level of service and overall operations. Also, promote economic development, and correct roadway deficiencies which began with five Improvement Options. The final decision by TDOT and local officials selected Option 5 (Spot Improvements).
The Department’s original scope of improving five separate sections has been condensed into three (3) sections which will be developed separately with the overall goal of construction simultaneously. Sections 1 & 2 are combined. Section 3 is stand-alone. Sections 4 & 5 are combined.
Section One (1) – Citizens in Fall Branch community are concerned with safety near the Fall Branch Elementary School which has through-traffic mixed with local traffic. Peak traffic hours occur from 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and again in the afternoons between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. accommodating school buses and other mixed traffic. Improvements include two 12-foot travel lanes with a continuous 12-foot turn lane. Five-foot sidewalks and handicap ramps will be constructed at intersections within Section 1.
Section Two (2) – This area is of major concern due to the narrow roadway with deficient shoulders that has a cliff on one side and a creek with a steep bank down to it on the other side. Improvements propose to realign SR 93 to improve sight distance, provide two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders within this section.
Section Three (3) – The industrial area at the beginning of Section 3 presents safety concerns due to slow moving equipment that crosses the road between two buildings that are owned by the same business. Also, large trucks pull into and out of the businesses. Improvements propose to construct two 12-foot lanes with a 12 foot center turn lane and ten foot shoulders in the industrial area. The existing bridge at Horse Creek will be widened or replaced – TBD. The remainder of Section 3 will have improved sight distance and two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders.