The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently studied the Highway 70 and Canada Road intersection and recommended a 4-way stop in the immediate future and traffic signals when possible.
This recommendation is on the Lakeland Board of Commissioners Work Session agenda on Monday, November 27, 2006 for discussion with possible action at the Tuesday, December 4, 2006 Regular Meeting. The Lakeland Board of Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 10001 Highway 70.
The TDOT letter notes that traffic signals are recommended, but only with left turn lanes on Highway 70. The recommendation states this would be an “expensive and lengthy process”.
A 4-way stop, including the conversion of the existing flashing light, stop signs and flashing warning signs of the stop ahead is recommended in the immediate future, while the City prepares plans for signals and searches for funding for signalization. I understand from the TDOT letter that funds are available to assist in a four-way stop in the immediate future.
The Canada Road alignment is being finalized from I-40 to Highway 70 within the next year. The City is currently waiting for funding for the necessary engineering study. We expect this funding in the immediate future.