Can one street be more dangerous than another? What about an intersection? Can the point where two roads meet be more prone to serious accidents than other areas? A lot of people in Hamilton County seem to think so, and they plan to do something about it.
There’s no doubt that the intersection of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and Standifer Gap is a serious problem. In fact, there have been 30 wrecks there in the past 5 years. It’s no wonder why locals are calling for changes. There may not be a real easy fix, though. It’s not a traditional 4-way intersection. Standifer Gap is slanted and traffic on Ooltewah-Ringgold doesn’t have to stop.
So, what can be done? An average of 6 accidents a year has to be addressed. Many think that a bit of awareness would go a long way. They’ve suggested adding flashing lights to both sides of the intersection. Some would like to go even further and put in a proper traffic signal. This has its own problems, however.
According to Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) officials, since Standifer Gap is skewed, a traffic signal wouldn’t be able to make a difference. What they’ve suggested is putting in a roundabout that would control the speed and direction of traffic. That sounds like a pretty good plan to most, and the appropriate agencies seem to be working hard to make it happen. Until then, we hope everyone will take a little extra time when they’re in that area and watch out for yourself and others.
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Source. WDEF.com, ‘http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Federal-State-County-Looking-to-Fix-Dangerous/IAp3Ndj1pUOpouN3R3CgmA.cspx?rss=3457,’ Bill Mitchell, March 17, 2014.