Road Rage In East Brainerd

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This morning I had the unpleasant early morning experience of travelling East Brainerd Road out to Ooltewah Ringgold Road. This is not the direction I normally drive, and before this morning, I thought travelling out towards the interstate took the cake.   I am not normally an early morning commuter, so this morning’s experience was an eye-opener for me in more than one way. 

I was on my ‘merry’ way to East Hamilton Middle High School to volunteer for an event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for the ninth grade class. I was asked to be there by 7:15 a.m., so I left my house which is roughly three miles from the school at 6:45 a.m., thinking this gave me more than enough time.  Upon reaching the front of Westview Elementary and the Emerald Valley Subdivision, traffic came to a standstill.  It took three light changes for me to finally arrive at the intersection, but there was such gridlock that the intersection was completely blocked.  

I knew at that point that my assumed 15 minute commute would render me late for my event.   So in disbelief at this situation and thinking that parents, students, teachers, and workers had to do this commute every Monday through Friday and twice a day in some cases, I just started snapping pictures of the bottleneck and lines of traffic with my i-phone, and yes, they were ‘still’ shots as I was standing still for quite awhile.  

The residents of East Brainerd have suffered enough with this prolonged issue.  I cringe to think of the approaching time when the proposed East Brainerd Road expansion will finally begin.  Our residents will yet suffer more frustration, but in the looooooooooong run (and it will be), we can only hope that it will be ‘all good’ when finally completed.  

There, now, I think writing this letter has helped me to overcome my morning road rage.  Thankfully, I don’t have to get back in that line this afternoon to pick up a child from school and I feel a whole lot better now that I have vented. 

P.S. Thanks to the dedicated officers who stand out in front of EHMHS every morning and afternoon directing traffic, and any and all schools for that matter.  Without their assistance, well, need I say any more? 

Donna Horn
East Brainerd Resident

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