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Other dangerous intersections

Posted Monday, January 18, 2010, at 2:46 PM

The intersection of Highway 231 and State Highway 82 has received a lot of attention, and rightly so considering all of the trsgic accidents there.

What other intersections in Shelbyville and Bedford County so you consider dangerous?

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I'll tell you one and it has a traffic light.The Wal-Mart intersection.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 3:06 PM

Try making a left turn out of Lowes!

I would like to see a reporter run with this and research which intersections in Bedford County have the highest accident rate.

I'm very curious about this, especially in light of the recent discussions about 231/82 ....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 4:08 PM

South Cannon and Hilltop.

All the time young drivers will speed down Cannon and race to get ahead of you as it goes from four lanes to two lanes, then slam on the brakes to turn onto Hilltop.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 4:22 PM

Intersections are not dangerous, the drivers are... it is that simple.

I have designed 400+ Intersections and Interchanges... The warnings are there, the signs are there but the common sense seems to get lost by the drivers.

Do not try to make a left turn out of Lowe's. The developer did not pay enough to get a turn signal installed in the design. The city did not make him get one installed.

Once/if the whole 5 lanes from Kroger to Lowe's gets started or done, then it will help.

You can hate the driver and the laws and the lines but it is this simple. Look in the mirror and ask if you are a great driver and ask if your family would say the same.

-- Posted by UVilleGators on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:34 AM

Just curious... if there is a light there at Wal-Mart and there are a lot of accidents, who is to blame... the light or the drivers?

-- Posted by UVilleGators on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:39 AM

Fairfiled Pike and Butler St.

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:07 AM

oooops Fairfield Pike and Butler St...sorry for typo.

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:07 AM

Intersections are dangerous & drivers as well..it is that simple. I dont have to be someone that designs intersections to know that even the best of drivers will take their life into their own hands at several intersections in this town...many being North Main since every buisiness in town thinks they need to follow Walmart. It was actually like watching the old classic game of Lemmings once Walmart moved to North Main Street. Try getting out of Taco Bell parking lot onto North Main sometime, especially during heavy traffic.

The area of where Deery Street/Fairfield Pike, Edgemont, and Kroger is too congested during rush hour traffic. Lane Parkway beside Richard's Cafeteria during rush hour traffic is bad too.

If you dont drive a wrecker equipped with roll cage, safety harness, airbags, fire exstingisher, cow catcher while wearing football shoulder pads, football helmet, hockey mask and Depends then you better not be driving on North Main Street in Shelbyville during rush hour traffic. :)

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 7:19 AM

I sat at Dr Adams office on North Main over 30 minutes trying to get out last week. We can't put a red light at every business so I am thinking it is the entire North Main Street traffic that is the problem. I am not sure how an extra lane of traffic to get across would help anything.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:10 AM

Madison and Evans streets, especially if you're trying on Madison attempting to turn onto either side of Evans. Drivers on Evans often don't notice oncoming cars' turn signals and pull in front of them.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 9:51 AM

So much to choose from to comment on...

My most problematic intersection is .... any and all side roads connected to N Main St. We in small town USA are so used to going in any direction we want. Well with the increase in traffic we have to drive like we are in Nashville, which is to go with the traffic (turn right) until you get to a lighted intersection.DO NOT try to turn left from Lowes / Chili's instead turn right, get in the turning lane, turn left at Ruby Tuesdays and either follow the road around or use RT parking lot, maybe even go the the WalMart light.

drivers are the problem, the 1st accident I was in was when another driver ran a red light, I was in the right, but my car was still torn up...

It is tragic when any one is hurt because another driver is not paying attention due to cell phones, radios, or a yapping spouse and any additional lights red, yellow, flashing etc... will not compensate for paying attention behind the wheel...

-- Posted by balloon boy on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:14 PM

Yapping Spouse?! I hope you are not married balloon boy.. IF so, I would ban that spouse from any computer for a week or more.

Seriously, what we are all talking about here is "progress" To some, progress is a blessing, to others a Royal PITA. (wait a minute, that is our newest dog)

The extra lane will help by only having to cross traffic coming from one direction before you can merge in to traffic, but there probably is no great solution here.

None of us would be happy with traffic lights at every corner, and some of us would not want to go to Murfreesboro or Tullahoma to eat at their favorite restaurant.

Maybe signs at every exit saying "No Left Turn" would reduce some issues, at least until the turning lane is completed, but who wants to go right when you want to go left?

It may be after the fact now, but maybe the WalMart, Lowes and resulting growth area should have been zoned OFF the main road with one or two entrance, so traffic lights could better control the congestion. Maybe it could still evolve that way?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:55 PM

LOL! stevemills, I realize that I am a little bit slow, but it seems that I am even slower than I thought. I never caught the significance of the name of your newest dog until just now.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:11 PM

I agree with balloon boy. Sometimes you just have to use the ole' brain and figure out alternative routes. I certainly would rather turn right and then turn around or use another road then sit forever waiting on a left turn.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:26 PM

As far as dangerous intersections, I discovered one today when I was in Shelbyville.

I don't know what the name of the side road is but I know it's on the cor of North Main and the Ernie Cook and Son car lot. The cars impede the view of oncoming traffic and make even a right turn not-so-safe.

So, dude, move your cars back about a foot or two.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:29 PM

Balloon boy, I understand about the yapping spouse while driving. When I'm behind the wheel, my wife tells me to speed up, slow down, puts her hand in my face to point in a left direction, etc. So I told her that if I get pulled over or get in a wreck that will have the cops invloved, I want them to pull her backseat driver's license!

-- Posted by 1ukolsir on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 5:59 PM

As for a dangerous intersection, How about Lane Pkwy. and Regent Drive area? You have any idea how hard it is to cross from Regent to West Lane? It's a closer shave than a Trac- 3 razor!

-- Posted by 1ukolsir on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 6:01 PM

It may be after the fact now, but maybe the WalMart, Lowes and resulting growth area should have been zoned OFF the main road with one or two entrance, so traffic lights could better control the congestion. Maybe it could still evolve that way?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:55 PM

We can get the designers of the Target parking lot to help with that project, LOL

Great idea gone horribly bad.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 7:11 PM

I've lived here all my life and would have to agree with everyone about the intersections on North Main Street. I've never seen it this bad and that's a statement I would almost have to revise on a daily basis! My job requires that I must travel on North Main 2 to 4 times daily between the hours of 3:00 & 5:30 pm. I have to grit my teeth and exercise every ounce of patience I have within me to tolerate being on that street at those times. I absolutely refuse to drive to Lowes or Wal-Mart unless it's very late at night or early in the morning. It's just not worth the aggravation, teeth grinding and hair pulling anymore. I also curse a lot less!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:11 PM

If you are referring to the Mufreesboro Target parking lot, I am not sure what they had in mind there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 8:50 PM

You ever wonder what would happen to N Main St if Wal-Mart moved back to Madison St or out Union St.I really feel it would be interesting.For BK and Taco Bell etc.I quit doing business with them when they moved out there.I know my $20 each trip or so I spent at BK & TB will not hurt them,but I sure miss them.Im just glad I can still go to the old Sonic.I would have hated to boycott them also.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 11:44 AM

Just one question...why does everyone who owns a vehicle in this town absolutely have to go to Wal-Mart at the exact same time every single day? Believe me, it isn't worth the peril you face to own at least one of each and every thing that China puts on their shelves. lol

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 11:48 PM

One more thing...Is there anything at all underneath North Main Street that could possibly sink, cave in or collapse so that street could possibly be closed for a couple of months???? AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 11:52 PM

If you are having trouble getting to Wal-Mart by going out N. Main just do what I do. Go to Tullahoma Wal-Mart.

-- Posted by golden on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 11:22 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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