TDOT is developing plans to improve Chapman Highway

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- TDOT is evaluating options to make Chapman Highway a safer drive for people through Knox, Blount and Sevier Counties.

Sally Greene has operated a shop in Chapman Highway for 13 years. She says the cars zoom past and and she's seen her share of accidents over the years.

"It is a heavy traffic area. There needs to be more red lights and I think definitely a turning lane," said Greene. "You just have to watch on Chapman and there are certain areas that are even worse."

TDOT says they have 3 different projects in the future that involved primarily center turn lanes.

"Chapman Highway is a very challenging roadway. There are multiple concerns for the motoring public on that roadway," said Mark Nagi with TDOT. "The challenges that you have because there are so many hills there are so many curves, You can't just go through there and have a 6 lane or a 7 lane highway."

The three areas where work will happen include; Evans Road to Burnett Lane, just south of Simpson Road to Hendron Chapel Road, and a third project between Boyds Creek Highway and Macon Lane in Sevierville.

Sevier County spokesperson Perrin Anderson said, "It is the county mayor’s intention to meet with officials in the near future to discuss what steps can be taken to improve safety and traffic flow on Chapman Highway."

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