TDOT report: Road improvements needed for crash-prone Greene County road


A new Tennessee Department of Transportation study shows the danger of a Greene County road. Now, TDOT is looking to fix the road.

TDOT is proposing changes to State Route 70, also known as Asheville Highway, from the Nolichucky River Bridge to the ramp from State Route 35 in Greeneville. It’s an approximately 8-mile long stretch of road.

A study was requested by the Town of Greeneville government in 2018.

According to the report, SR 70 qualifies for funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program due to the severe crash rate.

The report indicates the severe crash rate for that stretch of road is more than twice the state average.

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In fact, the report states that from January 2015 through January 2018, there were 176 crashes on that section of road. Eight of those resulted in incapacitating injuries. Four crashes had fatalities.

140 of the crashes occurred when the road was dry and only 27 were at night. 38 involved a single vehicle.

According to the report, the cost of improvements along State Route 70, as listed in the report, is $210,000. That would pay for new guardrails, signs, pavement markings, and more.

At West Allens Bridge Road and Debusk Road, another $410,000 will be spent on improvements including new asphalt, signs, and guardrails.

The funding for the projects will come solely from the state. No right-of-way acquisition is anticipated.

You can read the full report, which includes diagrams of the proposed changes, below.

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