Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs, Hickman Hills to be affected

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:09 AM.

-- closure of the service road in front of Wells Wayside Furniture;

-- absence of a pedestrian walkway along Marsha’s Way, a new road to be constructed between the MacDonald Downs subdivision and Tucker Creek subdivision, and absence of a pedestrian access from MacDonald Downs to Walmart;

-- closure of the entrance to MacDonald Downs;

-- a controlled hazard light at Pine Grove Road for emergency vehicles from the West End Fire Station;

-- conversion of the U.S. 70/Pine Grove Road/Hickman Hill Loop Road intersection in front of Wells Wayside to a superstreet intersection that reduces the traffic pattern and requires motorists entering Hickman Hills and Tucker Creek to make U-turns rather than left turns at the current traffic signal.

The city expressed 11 points of concern with DOT’s plans in a June 25 letter and eventually whittled those to five in a July 15 letter. Of the five points of concern, the city appears to have received accommodation on only one — the hazard light for emergency vehicles at the fire station.

In its Dec. 13 letter, the DOT said it could accommodate the city’s request for pedestrian improvements along Marsha’s Way as long as the city paid for it and was responsible for its maintenance. The estimated 2,800-foot walkway could cost about $20,000. The state flatly declined the city’s proposal for pedestrian access from MacDonald Downs to Walmart.

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