Sullivan County

New stop lights go up in Bluff City

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - If you're driving on 19E and 11E in Bluff City, get ready to hit some detours.

New stop lights are going up while road crews work on the major construction project that'll involve a diamond interchange. 

The purpose of the project is to improve the safety of the 11E and 19E intersection. 

A permanent light is being installed where 19E intersects with the Bluff City Highway, and a temporary light will be up for about a year at the intersection of 11E and the Bluff City Highway.

A section of 19E will be shut down starting next week and traffic will be detoured to the Bluff City Highway while road crews work on that area. "The first phase of the project will be building those ramps to and from Elizabethton and once those ramps are built, we'll shift traffic over to those ramps from 11E," says Brian Ramsey with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT says almost 22,000 vehicles travel the Bristol Highway each day.

The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2015.

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