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Mayor Berke asks for feedback on the Wilcox Tunnel

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Hundreds of residents received a knock on their door Saturday from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

He was on a mission all afternoon, collecting feedback from people living near the Wilcox Tunnel.

Channel 3 was invited along and explains why the mayor wanted to talk face to face to community members.

"wow, oh wow, how are you doing? good to see you," said Chattanooga Resident.

"I've heard again and again we need to improve the Wilcox Tunnel. It is a major street," said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke walked up and down Carsoul Road with a list of questions in hand he asked residents that answered the door

"Our goal is to still do something that is important to improve this area for people that live on both sides of the tunnel and everyone else that travels through it," said Berke.

The Berke Administration submitted a proposed budget hoping to receive federal grant funding to upgrade the old structure built back in 1931.

Even though it was denied, the mayor is still determined to fix up the Wilcox Tunnel after receiving numerous complaints from community members that feel unsafe driving through it.

"What we want to figure out is what is important to you sir? is it the lighting? Yes that is very poor,?" said Berke.

Poor lighting day and night, water leaking on-top of vehicles and the unsettling fact emergency trucks have a difficult time driving inside the Wilcox Tunnel during the winter when it's icy and slick. 

All these complaints were at the top of the list these residents living in Hamilton county expressed to Mayor Andy Berke

"We have been looking at how we can make it better and we have some changes that can be possibilities," said Berke.

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