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Flashing lights not expected until June
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Blaine Wilcher

Warren County will see a new year before flashing lights are placed at a deadly intersection at Sparta Highway and Rock Island Road.

Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded a bid of $82,015 to Nabco Electric Company Inc. to place flashing beacons at two intersections on the bypass. The second set of lights included in the project is for the Sparta Highway and Old Rock Island Road intersection that’s closest to McMinnville.

According to TDOT Deputy Commissioner Paul Degges, the project was awarded Oct. 30 and work is estimated to begin in the next couple of months.

“The project has a completion date of on or before June 30, 2019,” said Degges. “In general, it will take 4 to 6 weeks for the preconstruction meetings to occur and for the contractor to get the approval to start work. The contractor will then initiate utility relocations necessary on the project and order the materials needed. I would expect to start seeing work in December or January.”

The long time frame isn’t an ideal situation, according to one county official.

“This is upsetting that it is going to go well into 2019 to see the lights installed,” said Warren County Commissioner Blaine Wilcher. “I can’t believe that we have lost five people, at last count, and had even more accident with damage, just since I got involved, and we are still waiting on this.”