TDOT Soon To Be Planning Safety Upgrades In Bradley County

Monday, April 7, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

According to Bradley County Commission Chairman Louis Alford, TDOT is soon planning to provide safety upgrades to a stretch of Highway 11 where several fatal traffic accidents have occurred over the past few years.

Chairman Alford addressed this when a man from the audience asked if anything had been updated yet. The man told the commission his own stepson was killed in a wreck there. 

He said, "There's no easy way to accept something like that.


He suggested that rumble strips be paced in the center of that stretch of the road, a safety feature used to reduce lane departure wrecks, especially at night.

Commissioner Bill Winters supported this idea. He said, "The ideas that you have are very good ones. None of us would want to go through what you're going through right now. We know you came with a heavy heart tonight." 

During the meeting, a representative from the SPCA of Bradley County also came to update the commission on the progress of the shelter. The woman said during the past weekend alone, 23 animals had been adopted.

The commission passed two resolutions unanimously. The first authorized the county mayor to enter into a one-year leasing agreement with Waterville Baptist Church for a portion of property located at 3715 Dalton Pike.

The second resolution authorized a zoning change for a property in Charleston, Tn. The area at 850 Lower River Road will now be rezoned to R-2. According to an attorney from the area, this will allow town homes to be constructed there.

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