TDOT, public discuss safety changes to Chapman Highway

5:28 AM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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An East Tennessee road notorious for dangerous, even fatal accidents, could soon be the subject of safety improvements.

Thursday night, TDOT officials held a public forum to discuss changes to Chapman Highway.

"There was a corridor study done back in 2007, and we've been actively looking at spot locations since then where we could add turn lanes or do those low-cost safety improvements," said TDOT District 1 Assistant Regional Director Amanda Snowden. 

She listed ideas of public interest, including rumble strips and additional traffic signals.

In Thursday night's meeting, TDOT proposed changes at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Macon Lane in Seymour. The project would include a road widening, turn lanes, and additional space on the road shoulders.

Chapman Highway is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous in East Tennessee by both drivers and law enforcement, although comparing statistics is difficult due to the method used to collect that data.

A recent accident along the highway in Sevier County killed two members of a church when their van was hit by another driver that crossed the center lane.

Following that accident, State Senator Doug Overbey (R-District 2) asked state transportation officials about potential improvements.

"I want TDOT to follow up on the 2007 study, bring it up to date to 2012 and see what can be done now to make Chapman Highway safer," he said.

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