Bradley County officials hope to complete a few paving projects around local schools over the summer. The Bradley County Commission's Road Committee met earlier this week to review several items, …
Bradley County officials hope to complete a few paving projects around local schools over the summer. The Bradley County Commission's Road Committee met earlier this week to review several items, including plans to develop a pull-off area for school buses in Charleston.
Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight spoke about the area near Potter Place at Highway 308 (Lower River Road). She has talked to the Tennessee Department of Transportation about access to place a school bus pull-off there, but has not heard back about it.
"We can't work on the state right of way, which is where a pull-off really needs to be," Knight said.
Commissioner Terry Caywood said the area is "very dangerous" and if a school bus pull-off can't be placed there they don't need the buses to stop on the roadway to let children on and off.
Also, Knight said she is waiting for fences to be moved at Hopewell Elementary School to allow work to develop access roads behind the school. She hopes to have additional lane paving before school begins.
Caywood said he spoke to TDOT about the project and he was told a study must be done first. He said a study has already been done, but understands Dr. Linda Cash, director of Bradley County Schools, plans to order another study; when it is complete the study results can be presented to TDOT for approval.
Knight said the plan is to bring two lanes around the school building and split the traffic to exit in two directions.
Knight also discussed a request regarding Michigan Avenue School Road. She said the request is to consider placing "No Parking" signs in the turn lanes to prevent driveways near the school from being blocked, as well as for the lanes to be marked.
"That's another one we're trying to work on in the summer," Knight said, adding the "No Parking" signs can be put in place before school begins.
Knight also gave an update on several other projects:
• Frontage Road: Pre-paving work is being done and paving should begin soon.
• Chestuee and Old York Roads: Knight said she is waiting on Ocoee Utilities to move a water line before she can proceed with a culver project there.
• Willowbrook Subdivision: Knight said her office was contacted regarding circle parking issues. The committee approved for Knight to place "No Parking" signs there.
• Teakwood Trail: Knight said a request for "No Parking" signs also came in to her office. The committee approved for Knight to place "No Parking" signs there.
• 167 Hidden Forest Lane: Knight said a request came in for water and repair needs. She said access to the property is by private drive on a flag stem lot that serves more than one home, and that she needs more information before making a recommendation.
• Patterson Lane: Knight said a "Dead End" sign was requested although one was already there. She said another sign has been posted.
• Valley View Road: Resident Alan Purvis spoke to the Road Committee about flooding issues caused by the ditch in front of his house being "silted in" with runoff from the roadway overflowing the ditch into his yard. Purvis said both his property and his neighbor's property has been flooded.
Knight said it was the first time she had heard of it and will get a work order started.
• Lamar Lawson Road and Blue Bird Nature Lane: Knight said requests were made to reduce the speed limit for each from 25 mph to 15 mph. Each road has one small, one ingress/egress development with approximately 18-20 lots.
Commissioner Dan Rawls said on Blue Bird Nature Lane there are residences "predominantly on one side of the street." Knight said she understands the main concern for the road is the newspaper delivery driver "speeds through."
• Old Chattanooga Valley Road: Knight said this road is on Old Chatta Valley Road by the water treatment plant. She said the road goes to one house and the request is to abandon the road, which the committee approved.
• Kinser Road: Knight said a request came in regarding a drainage tile but she needs more information before she can open a work order.
• Dry Valley Road/Tasso Road: Knight said the request is in regard to a three-way stop area.
"We've had quite a bit of discussion on this one," Road Committee Chairman Robert Rominger said.
Knight said there has been "back and forth" with some residents wanting stop signs removed and some wanting them to remain. She said she needs to look at the area a little more closely.
Rawls said he thinks the stop sign needs to be kept in place and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office needs to enforce the speed limit there.
Caywood noted the stop sign is also a deterrent to speeding in that area.
In other business:
• Caywood requested a review of the city of Cleveland’s annexation of property at Freewill Road and 22nd Street. He said the city has annexed two parcels in that area but "they left a portion of the right-of-way for us to keep up (maintain)."
Knight said that is a standard practice.
• Rawls made a request about placing "No Parking" signs in the Farmingdale Subdivision. He said in the new section of the subdivision drivers are parking in an area that is affecting traffic, especially large construction vehicles being towed to work in the subdivision.
"It's just dangerous," he said.
The committee approved placing "No Parking" signs at Briar Meadow Trail in the subdivision.
• Caywood said on No Pone Road it looks like a large piece of equipment was driven into a ditch, gouging into the ground. He voiced concern that it will affect the flow of water in the ditch. Knight said she will open a work order on the issue.
• County Commission Chairman Louie Alford asked Knight if there has been any discussion about paving the Bradley County Recreational Park ballfield parking lot on Urbane Road, and asked her to look into it.
"We can't work on the state right of way, which is where a pull-off really needs to be." — Sandra Knight
"We've had quite a bit of discussion on this one." — Robert Rominger
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