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City crews install reflectors in dangerous curve

Story by Melydia Clewell

Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A Chattanooga public works crew spent Thursday afternoon on Johnny Street, installing reflectors between the double yellow lines in the middle of the road.

On August 6th a speeding driver lost control of his car and landed in the living room of Michael Hawkins' house at 1803 Johnny. Hawkins told Eyewitness News that the curves in front of his house are dangerous and, despite a posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour, no one seems to slow down.

A crew from Disaster Master is doing the repair work to make the Hawkins' house livable again. Over the past three weeks they've watched a seemingly endless stream of speeders fly by just feet from where they're working.

The reflectors installed today are meant to be an aid for drivers but that's by no means a cure all. City traffic engineers are considering additional safety measures. One option is to install ripples, commonly referred to as "speed humps" to force drivers to slow down. Also, an additional guardrail could be installed to offer better protection to the Hawkins' house. That would block the driveway next door, so neighbor Lee Westmoreland is currently debating the pros and cons of agreeing to move access to his property.

Working on this story raised two additional areas of concern. First, we learned this stretch of road has been on the city's list for non-skid paving since 2007. So, how long is that list? How many other trouble spots are needing improvement?

Also, how many people should it take to install those safety reflectors. We watched today as four city employees tackled the job. Councilman Russell Gilbert says that's too many.

Those are the questions we'll be working to answer as we continue to follow this story.

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