State looks at safety improvements for busy Tri-Cities intersection

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- A busy Tri-Cities intersection with a high crash rate will soon undergo major changes with the goal
of improving driver safety.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has their eye on the corner of Fort Henry Drive and Memorial Boulevard.


Tuesday when we spoke to Assistant City Manager over operations in Kingsport, Ryan McReynolds, he said they’ve identified it as problem area, and said it has a crash rate higher than the statewide average.

McReynolds said one of the reasons for the crashes is because of the number of turning vehicles.

“If you come off Memorial, right now you tend to free flow onto Fort Henry, and the car behind you is free flowing as well, and if you have to stop suddenly, a lot of times the car behind you is not looking and they will rear end you,” McReynolds said.

Both of the roads are owned by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, so McReynolds said they will be spearheading efforts to make the changes.

“When you see the new alignment, you will bring it into a much more controlled intersection, to where, to make that move you are going to need to come and stop,” McReynolds said.

Kingsport City leaders tell us the Tennessee Department of Transportation has not outlined how much the road improvements will cost.

Construction could begin by the end of next year.

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