Sevier County state legislators announced Monday they have secured state funding to fix a dangerous intersection in Seymour.
Representative Dale Carr and Senator Doug Overbey commissioned a study of the intersection of Pitner Road and State Route 338 also known as Boyds Creek Highway. The intersection is in front of Seymour Intermediate School. There have been 21 accidents there in the past three years, which is more than five times the accident rate for similar locations.
TDOT will spend $520,000 to improve the intersection and the access to all three of the Seymour schools. The plan will widen both roads, add traffic lights and new turn lanes.
"This project should have been done probably two or three years ago, but now that we have the project we're so happy for it. We had a wreck this morning at that intersection, so it just goes to prove that a wreck can happen at any time at that intersection," said Rep. Carr.
TDOT will bid the project early next year. Carr hopes the work will be done as soon as the school year ends in 2015.