Traffic on Jacksboro Pike was forced into one lane as Rogers Group worked to install a deceleration lane for Family Dollar. This work is being completed to accommodate traffic flow to Family Dollar’s new location.
“What it is is a turn lane for the new dollar store,” LaFollette Street Department Head Jim Mullins said.
The Family Dollar is currently located at the Save-a-lot shopping center off Jacksboro Pike, said Stan Foust, planner for the LaFollette Planning Commission. Many are unaware of its location, Foust said. The new store will have greater visibility, he said.
“I think it will be a great location because the Family Dollar, where they are now, it’s actually hidden,” Foust said. “I think it will boost their business.”
“It’ll be good for the community,” Mayor Mike Stanfield said. “It’s good to see business building up on the four lane. Before long, you’ll have traffic heading up the valley. We’ve about gone as far as we can go down towards Jacksboro.”
The LaFollette Planning commission approved the project during the summer, but construction didn’t begin until the fall.
“They were actually approved to start work on that building in August,” Foust said. “They didn’t start work until Oct. 25. They are hoping to open before Christmas.”
Bryn Winburn, spokesperson for Family Dollar, said the completion date is Jan. 13.
Hale Construction, the contractors who built the new Family Dollar, turned the building over to Family Dollar this week, Foust said.
“The building is finished,” Foust said. “It was turned over to the actual chain for them to start putting in fixtures and merchandise.”
Family Dollar didn’t get permission to install the deceleration lane until October, Winburn said. The approval came through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s office, TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said.
“They petitioned the state to put in a deceleration lane,” Mullins said. “It’s a private project on the state road. When that is done, they have to pay for it themselves. There’s no government money involved.”
Rogers Group began installing the deceleration lane on Saturday.
“It’s supposed to be completed by the end of the week,” Foust said.