I-24 Danger zone study points to three areas in Chattanooga - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

I-24 Danger zone study points to three areas in Chattanooga

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Because Interstate 24 has proven dangerous, often deadly for drivers, The Department of Transportation has been working hard to complete what they're calling the Multimodal Corridor Study.   

This study will identify short and long term solutions for improving problem spots along I-24.

I-24 spans over 185 miles in Tennessee, so TDOT is looking to fix the areas where crash rates are 2 and 3 times the state average.

They compiled a list of the 10 spots that needed special attention, half of those are right here in our area; on the streets some of us drive on every day.

"We can't re-do the whole thing, we just don't have that kind of money to re-do hundreds of miles of interstates. We have to target where we spend our funds," said Jennifer Flynn, TDOT.

Flynn says their road study will do just that.

"It helps us determine where we need to look harder and make these places better," said Flynn.

Now, they've identified the worst problem spots.

"There are 10 places along the corridor and of the 10, 3 are in Chattanooga," said Flynn.

The 3 problem areas for Chattanooga don't have a lot of space in-between. They span from mile marker 180 to 184, totaling a 3 mile stretch.

"It's curvy and then it's got a combination on and off ramp, which was a popular thing back in the 60's and it doesn't really work for today's traffic," said Flynn.

Flynn says that's because of higher volumes of cars driving at higher speeds.

"A lot of these crashes that happened were at a result of distracted driving, speed and driving too fast for conditions," said Flynn.
     
While there is no deadline on the project, Flynn says they will do what they can to improve safety until one is completed.

"Maybe some high visibility pavement marks or signage, things like that," said Flynn.

Marion and Grundy counties are also on the list.

Flynn says TDOT plans to release the next phase and potential projects in January.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:45:05 GMT
    Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore...More
    Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a...More
  • Chickamauga man delivers winning bid to buy Cleveland speedway

    Chickamauga man delivers winning bid to buy Cleveland speedway

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:36:54 GMT
    CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)--- It took nearly three years to get Cleveland's motor speedway to the auction block, and only a few minutes to close the deal.North Georgia's Al Chapman tendering an $807,100 bid late Thursday afternoon to buy the track and adjoining 25 acres of property, lock, stock and barrel." I just hope and pray they keep it open that we can come back and enjoy this track," opines Jackie Taylor, a racing fan from neighboring Polk County.When asked if he plans to keep the track a rac...More
    CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)--- It took nearly three years to get Cleveland's motor speedway to the auction block, and only a few minutes to close the deal.North Georgia's Al Chapman tendering an $807,100 bid late Thursday afternoon to buy the track and adjoining 25 acres of property, lock, stock and barrel." I just hope and pray they keep it open that we can come back and enjoy this track," opines Jackie Taylor, a racing fan from neighboring Polk County.When asked if he plans to keep the track a rac...More
  • Motorists: Road work this weekend and into next week

    Motorists: Road work this weekend and into next week

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:40:13 GMT

    Motorists should use caution in construction zones and obey speed limit notices which may change in those zones to keep workers safe.

    More

    Motorists should use caution in construction zones and obey speed limit notices which may change in those zones to keep workers safe.

    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.