Change In Speed
Starts Just East
Of C-DHS, Goes
For Several Miles
BY O.J. EARLY
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.
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.