It took none in the room by surprise on Tuesday when three UTC engineering students presented their projection of traffic patterns on Gunbarrel Road near Hamilton Place going into the year 2055.

"There are problems now, what's it going to be like with population growth?" said Charlie Vaden, one of the students.

The answer is worse. And it could take an estimated $150 million to complete a variety of upgrades to improve traffic flow, not including land acquisition for road widening, according to a new study.

Over a year ago, Vaden, Mark Skelton and Weiran Yang were assigned the traffic study and projection project as part of their engineering school curriculum. The project was commissioned by the East Brainerd Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

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