‘Lark Street extension’ connects two busy Johnson City roadways, potentially alleviating traffic

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- The Lark Street extension project is something Johnson City leaders have discussed for years, and now Mayor Jenny Brock said it’s gaining momentum.

“…in fact when I came on the commission in 2013, it was already on there,” Brock said. 

The project would connect West Market Street and State of Franklin Road by creating a roadway that runs through the old Optimus Park.

Optimus Park sat near where the animal shelter once stood.

Brock said once the roadway is finished the project would also pave the way for several acres worth of development near that old park. 

“I want to be the first car to drive through there, so I think we are all anxious to get this project finished it’s been a long time on the books. Whatever goes in that shopping center there, it’s going to assist that, it’s also going to open up property up along Lark Street, up on top of the hill for development. Hopefully we will be finished by the end of 2019, that we could open up that land for development and get it back on the tax rolls and have productive businesses up there,” Brock said. 

Viewers have reached out to News Channel 11 asking if this Lark Street extension project has anything to do with the proposed Publix that would sit near that proposed extension. 

Brock said, “…so it is really not tied to any particular project, it’s a part of our infrastructure…and so it really helps alleviate a lot of traffic at that intersection,” Brock said. 

Brock said eventually part of that infrastructure they are looking at with that extension project may include traffic signals at either point of entry. She said that’s something they would have to consider in the future as they look at their capital plan.

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