Waiting in traffic can be frustrating. Sitting and waiting to get through a highly-trafficked, poorly-controlled intersection during peak drive times can be even more frustrating. Atoka drivers who pass through the Atoka-Idaville and Rosemark Road intersection know the frustration all too well. Thousands of vehicles pass through the intersection every day – with the bulk of traffic during a few peak times during the day that cause significant backups and delays.
A long line of cars on Rosemark Road – sometimes 30 deep – creeping slowly towards the intersection. Drive…stop…drive…stop…wait…drive…stop…one at a time until you reach the intersection and then stop, wait and drive one last time. There simply has to be a better way.
Enter the Atoka Roundabout Project – a partnership between the Town of Atoka and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to install Tipton County's first modern roundabout at the intersection of Atoka-Idaville and Rosemark Roads. The effort, first proposed by the Town in 2012, is now in the early design stages to make significant changes to how traffic flows through one of Atoka's busiest intersections.
The Town recently issued a Request for Qualifications for a design firm to oversee the project and anticipates beginning design in early 2015.