(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) said today after meeting with officials of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that he has their commitment for immediate improvements to the safety of the Chapman Highway Corridor in Sevier County. The Corridor was the site of a fatal accident recently after an SUV crossed the highway center line near Zion Hill Church hitting a church van. Two people in the van were killed while others were injured.
“The Department has informed me that TDOT is waiting for the accident report from the Department of Safety to determine measures that may be implemented immediately to improve safety along this stretch of road,” said Senator Overbey. “Preliminarily, they are already looking at the condition of the pavement and considering center line rumble strips as a first step safety measure. The review will be started immediately with improvements to begin as soon as possible.”
In the past decade, the state has spent approximately $10 million in upgrades to the Chapman Highway Corridor, including turn lanes, bridge replacements, resurfacing and safety improvements. There are currently two projects in development for Chapman Highway. One is in Knox County (from Evans Road to Burnett Station road in Blount County) and the other in Sevier County (Macon Lane to State Route 338).
“The bottom line is we need additional improvements in the corridor immediately,” Overbey added. “I greatly appreciate the Department’s cooperation in moving forward immediately. We want to see whatever changes are in order to improve the safety of this road,” he concluded.