TDOT Addresses Construction on Highway 27

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Updated: 2/07/2014 9:30 am
        Long lines and too many signs on Signal Mountain road and dayton boulvard where all this orange has drivers seeing red.
        "I got stuck in traffic for like an hour on Monday night from trying to go to the grocery store, so it's pretty bad. There's just way to many people and not enough lanes on the road honestly," says driver Abby Davis.
        "I've actually missed the exits about three or four times now, and you have to go all the way down and turn around and come back and then you are late and you can't get to where your going and it is just really frustrating," adds driver Chaney McKinney.
          Some businesses like Crust and Mojo Burrito in Red Bank are feeling the pinch as they try to keep customers coming to their establishments.
          "Just talking with the customers we have seen a lot of frustrated people dealing with the red light, there's a lot of backed up traffic here on Dayton Boulevard and you know people are trying to get home they are also hungry and do you want to get home or do you want to eat. Some people get pretty frustrated," says Brandon Moore, GM of the Mojo Burrito Red Bank location.
           "It affects the business because earlier tables we don't get as many now, more tables come later in the evening it also affects our employees getting to work on time, we've had a lot of employees late lately just because they leave even earlier and it still takes an extra 20-30 minutes to get here," adds Crust Pizza GM Kevin Dotts.
           State TDOT officials unveiled some tweaks to the plan that they home will lead to a smoother ride going forward.
           "We have some more signal timing we are going to do to the signal. Right now the timing is set more to handle the evening rush hour. There's kind of a morning rush hour that the signal is not synced up to take care of, but we are going to get in there and make changes to that," says TDOT Region II Manager Ken Flynn.
            "We've looked at signal timing issues, we've looked at some of the ways that the ramps tie in to US 27. We think we can make some tweaks to the project that will allow people to have a little more time to make some decisions in what they are doing and also allows us to optimize some of the signal timing to allow the flushing of vehicles through intersections," added TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges.
            TDOT says they hope to have the Signal Mountain road Dayton Boulevard portion of the project finished by the end of March.
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Dottie - 2/7/2014 2:20 PM
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What happened to the "tweaks" they were going to do? Two days later and all they have done is make the only lane left open on Signal Mountain Road SMALLER!
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