Businesses off Highway 58 want new traffic signal for drivers safety
Businesses off of highway 58 are worried about driver's safety.
The concern comes after a car crash back in September, where a school teacher was killed pulling out of Linda’s Produce.
Businesses say they are open to the idea of new traffic lights if it means drivers are safe.
"Anytime they are having to slow down for a traffic light, you know, it breaks their momentum. If they are doing 65 and they have to stop, they'd be a lot slower for a certain period of time,” Lyle Stanford of Wolftever Pet Hospital says said.
Stanford says traffic on Highway 58 has always been a problem.
He believes people making left turns onto the highway has caused too many wrecks in the past.
And he isn't the only one who thinks this.
Donna Fernal has lived off Highway 58 for over 40 years, and she says wrecks are not uncommon.
"There's always wrecks. I mean, People will try to beat somebody coming down off the hill or the side or out of here,” said Fernal.
She has seen her share of accidents near her home including the accident back in September that killed 64-year-old Karen Saxton.
Linda's produce posted on Facebook several days following Saxton's death asking the city of Chattanooga to install new traffic signals outside their store.
Stanford believes installing these in the area would keep people safe, even if it means people slowing down.
"I don't think that having more traffic lights is going to slow down traffic enough. So, therefore I don't think it's going to create a traffic issue that's not going to want anybody to come up here and do business. So I don't see that being a problem at all,” Stanford said.
We reached out to city council about the possibility of traffic signals being installed.
They have no comment at this time.