Delayed Northshore shoulder work may begin next week, causing delays between 9a and 3p

Motorists on Northshore Drive near the Concord Road roundabout intersection should be conscious of road signs, beginning next week, indicating possible roadwork by Knox County crews — between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. — to fill in a drainage ditch along the eastbound shoulder of Northshore Drive, which extends from the intersection of Concord Road westward about a half-mile.

According to John Schoonmaker, Knox County Commissioner representing 5th District (including Farragut and Concord), it was unknown at deadline when crews will finish work to repair recent flood damage around Knox County, and therefore be free to begin the Northshore drainage ditch work, which already has been delayed at least three weeks due to the recent heavy rain and flooding.

When the work starts, 100- to 200-foot sections of eastbound Northshore will be closed, causing alternate delays in both directions.

Motorists are advised to be alert, as 100- to 200-foot sections of eastbound Northshore will be closed, requiring traffic in each direction to alternate stops in this area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. This will last an estimated “two to three weeks,” said Jim Snowden, senior director of Knox County Engineering & Public Works.

The project, which is intended to make this eastbound shoulder safer, originally was scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 11.