Driver’s license center moving into tight space in Bearden

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The state driver’s license facility currently on Montvue Road in West Knoxville will be moving east about three miles in June or July to Gore Road off Kingston Pike near Buddy’s Bar-B-Q and Sonic. The driver’s license center is under the Department of Safety. The Montvue location was a lease to the state that expired. It had to move.

Michael Hogan, state director of driver services, said the state signed a 10-year lease with Black Horse Capital Partners, which owns the property on Gore Road adjacent to Walden Drive and Agnes Road.

Gore Road going from Kingston Pike to the new center is very narrow and goes over two railroad tracks.

There will clearly be more traffic due to the new facility. It is hard to see the traffic flow working well without widening Gore Road from Kingston Pike over to Walden Drive.

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