County Road Committee debates a variety of issues

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/21/17

The Bradley County Road Committee on Monday discussed dangerous roadways, distance corrections, flooding issues, work at Hopewell Elementary School, and the possibility of placing no-parking signs at …

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The Bradley County Road Committee on Monday discussed dangerous roadways, distance corrections, flooding issues, work at Hopewell Elementary School, and the possibility of placing no-parking signs at multiple locations.

The meeting was held in the Bradley County School Systems' central office conference room, with courthouse facilities still unavailable.

Road Superintendent Sandra Knight Collins said there have been requests for no-parking signs for Hawk Street, Quail Run, Spring Place Terrace and Infinity Drive.

The situations differ somewhat with different widths of roadways, which contributes to the impact of parking infringements.

The superintendent said it will be up to the Bradley County Commission to approve installation of the signs.

Commissioner Jeff Yarber said the issue needs to be discussed, before consideration of a resolution.

Collins discussed a number of old business issues at the start of Monday's meeting.

She said correction work is underway for flooding issues on Brymer Creek Road at South Lee Highway.  Touching on rumble strips for Michigan Avenue, Collins said she didn't think they were needed.

She said larger tile has arrived for a project on Lake Drive, a sign has been placed on Old Chattanooga Pike designating vision impaired status for a blind resident, residents are being contacted relating to sight distance problems on Potters Place at Highway 308, and there's a work order for cleaning out a ditch at Old Freewill Road and Elkmont Road.

There was some discussion of hazardous road conditions on Frontage Road at Windcrest Subdivision.

Commissioner Tom Crye said speed and the slope of the roadway contribute to the problem. Collins said staffers have traveled the road at the speed limit, and there was no problem. She added that the state is to aid in paving the roadway in the spring.

Roadwork is ongoing around Hopewell School, with the movement of a fence and power pole.

Mike Hughes has asked the Road Department if there are plans for a traffic study and possible plans for the widening of Freewill Road. Hughes was unable to attend the meeting, but Collins said such a survey is not a priority at this time.

There was also some discussion of distance corrections for Albert Lawson Road. The road, off Bates Pike, is a dead end, but there is a need for widening at a dangerous location.

Property owner Mike Starnes attended Monday's meeting, asking about the possibility of widening a bridge on Chestuee Road.  He said such action could alleviate severe flooding on his property.

Starnes purchased the property in 1979, and says that when the road was built up it created a flooding problem. He provided photographs of the most recent flooding.

Collins emphasized the property along Gatlin Branch is considered backwater, and is in the floodplain.

 

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