BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Despite several crashes, police say some are still driving too fast on a busy Tri-Cities road. Police have their eyes on Highway 11E in Bluff City. Over the past few years they have seen several wrecks, some of them deadly.
“We’ve clocked them before sometimes in excess of 80…90 miles per hour,” said Bluff City Police detective, Mark Stewart. “They just fly right through there.”
The speed limit on the road is 45 miles- per-hour.
News Channel 11 decided to check out the road, using a radar gun we bought online. We found numerous people going well above the posted speed limit. One person we clocked was going 69 miles per hour.
Business owners off Highway 11E are no strangers to the speed
“You’ve got to watch when you pull out,” said Eddie Ramsey, with Tri-Cities Auto Auction.
Ramsey said speed is not the only problem. During the weekends, when the Tri-Cities Flea Market is open, people to try and cross the highway, backing up traffic for almost a mile.
“It’s hard to get across,” said Ramsey. “One car gets in the median, and then you have them backed up in the outside lane… which causes accidents.”
Police said they would like to have a turning lane put in, to help with the traffic.
“If they could get a turning lane there, to offset it, and keep people who are going to the flea market out of the travel lane…that would be great,” said Ramsey.
Until then, police are stepping up patrols and warning people to slow down.
“Just use extra caution right there,” said Stewart. “make sure and slow down. You can almost guarantee there’s going to be cars stopped there trying to turn in.”