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April 21, 2014

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11E Project Complete;
Speed Limit Is 55 MPH

Sun Photo by O.J. Early

Safety upgrades at the intersection of U.S. 11E, Rheatown Road, and Chuckey Pike are complete, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi. The intersection itself is shown at left in the center of this photo.

Originally published: 2013-10-11 11:26:25
Last modified: 2013-10-11 11:27:54
 


Change In Speed

Starts Just East

Of C-DHS, Goes

For Several Miles

BY O.J. EARLY

STAFF WRITER

Motorists making a daily commute on U.S. 11E through Afton may want to leave a few minutes earlier.

The speed limit has been reduced from 65 to 55 mph through several miles of the four-lane roadway.

The slower speed is a permanent change.

The action follows completion late last month of a $1.7 million safety project at the intersection of 11E with Chuckey Pike and Rheatown Road, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) spokesman Mark Nagi said.

The speed reduction begins just east of Chuckey-Doak High School and ends about a mile west of the Greene/Washington county line.

The 55-mph limit is "due to the crash frequency experienced" near the Chuckey Pike and Rheatown Road intersection with 11E, he said.

SAFETY FIRST

TDOT's goal in carrying out the project is to improve safety, Nagi has said in previous interviews with The Greeneville Sun.

Numerous crashes, some resulting in serious injuries, have occurred near the intersection.

The TDOT project included realignment of the road at the intersection, plus grading and drainage improvements. The work also included paving about four-tenths of a mile of road.

The widened median at the intersection now includes Stop signs, which function as a two-way stop for motorists entering U.S. 11E from either Rheatown Road or Chuckey Pike.

"We feel the improvements will make this intersection safer as it did better align the crossing points of Rheatown Road and Chuckey Road," Nagi said Thursday.

"Please keep in mind that there are now Stop signs in the widened median crossing, and the crossing will act as a two-way stop with Rheatown Road and Chuckey Pike," he said.

The project began in late February and was completed on schedule.

 
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