With the purchase of right-of-way for a long-awaited U.S. Hwy. 27 bypass of Oneida still at least three years away, the Tennessee Department of Transportation may instead look at an alternative to alleviate traffic congestion along the highway through the heart of town.

According to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals, the state is set to consider improvements to the existing highway through Oneida instead of building a new section of highway to bypass the city.

At the Scott County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting at the Senior Citizens Center in Oneida Thursday, Tibbals said that all four of the county’s mayors — himself, Oneida mayor Jack E. Lay, Huntsville mayor George Potter and Winfield mayor David Cecil, had recommended that the state move forward with improvements to the existing roadway.

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