Saturday night on Highway 394, 27-year-old Phillip Andrew Crank died when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a shuttle bus. Police say the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, but one neighbor wants to see changes near the crash scene.
Tucked in off of Highway 394, David Loving is working on his Bluff City home.
Loving has lived here 18 years and he has a growing concern just outside of his neighborhood at the intersection of Highway 394 and White Top Road. "After all the accidents that have happened to this intersection since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here since 1994, the city should really consider putting a red light in," adds Loving.
A deadly crash last Saturday night reignited Loving's concern about the road and his efforts to get a traffic light at the intersection. "There's going to be a lot more people hurt if someone doesn't do something about it," he said.
We checked with Bristol, Tennessee’s traffic engineer David Metzger and learned getting a traffic light is not always easy. "If it's something concerning where someone want a traffic signal there's a set of federal requirements that have to be met before traffic signals can be put in. If it's on a state route, the state has to approve it as well," adds Metzger.
Before signals go up Bristol, Tennessee conducts traffic studies. “You look at a combination of things like traffic volume, how much is on a major versus minor street. You look at delay, crash history,” adds Metzger.
That’s just one of many steps that have to take place, but for Loving it’s a process he's willing to take on. He thinks a traffic light will prevent future problems. “If you have a light, four directions of traffic with a turn lane, lights do a pretty good job," he told us.
We checked with TDOT and learned there have not been any requests for studies at Highway 394 and White Top Road. Also, the state planning office puts together a list of places with high crash rates and this location has not been put on the list.