Commissioner Terry Caywood gave a presentation to the Bradley County Commission about a need to resolve traffic problems in the area around Hopewell Elementary School and TN 60.
He said everyday around the time the school was dismissed, traffic was so bad that even emergency vehicles could not get through. He said this was partially because of parents lining up to pick up their children, but also because of increased traffic on TN 60.
He said, "This is a situation we can't leave."
Commissioner Ed Elkins said, "That problem has existed for a long time, but it's been exacerbated during the past few years." He said the land around TN 60 had become more developed recently.
Commissioner Caywood showed pictures of the traffic bottlenecking around the school to the commission. He said, "It's three major feeder highways we're tying up because they can't go anywhere."
Commissioner Mel Griffith said, "When I was on the school board, we had a bunch of complaints about the same situation, and that was several years ago."
Commissioner Caywood suggested the county could potentially buy some of the land around the school if there was nothing else that could be done.