CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - Despite flashing caution signs and a posted 20 mile per hour speed limit, a sharp curve on Tennessee Highway 362, the Gap Creek Road in Carter County, still appears to be a traffic safety hazard.
"I think it's dangerous," said frequent Gap Creek Road driver Amanda Long.
"The turn is not safe," said Dale Adkins, who lives near the curve.
"If you're not careful, you're going to be over in the ditch on the other side over there," Long said.
Drivers tell us the turn for the worse came when the traffic pattern was changed during a TDOT road widening and improvement project. "It's like a right turn instead of like an off-ramp," Adkins said. "My husband and I have witnessed three accidents up here in the last six months, one of them fatal. The gentleman got killed, I hated to hear that."
"The curve is really, really sharp and it just doesn't make sense," Long said.
TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi tells us TDOT is aware the curve is a problem and that there have been accidents. But he says TDOT has posted proper warning signs. "That curve is temporary as part of the project," Nagi said. "If it's something that will require more significant changes immediately we will do so, but again, we are suggesting that people drive at a limit of 20 miles per hour."
With the project completion date still a year away, drivers and neighbors are still wondering if a better road then is worth being thrown a curve like this now.
"There's been too many accidents," driver Melanie Carden said. "So as of right now, I'm not sure if it's going to be worth it or not it just depends on how they do it."