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Future bright for flashing lights
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation has approved drawings of the poles for the flashing beacons on Sparta Highway at intersection where there’s been several deadly crashes.

“Shop drawings for the poles for the flashing beacons were approved two weeks ago and the poles have been ordered,” said TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn. “The poles should be fabricated and delivered in 10 to 14 weeks. Once the contractor gets the poles, they will install them, then connect and activate the flashing beacons.” 

The project to install flashing beacons in Warren County on Highway 70S (Sparta Highway) at Rock Island Road has been awarded to NABCO Electric Company, Inc. for $82,015.

Between now and then, the contractor will pour footers for the poles which will allow the concrete time to cure before the poles are delivered. 

Estimated completion is August.

“The project should be completed sometime in August at the latest,” said Flynn. “Once the poles are delivered, it won’t take too long for NABCO to get them installed and the beacons activated. The time-sensitive part of the project is waiting on the fabrication and delivery of the poles. The sooner the contractor gets the poles, the sooner the project will be completed.”

Public outcry for the flashing lights was due to several fatal crashes at the intersection.