From the Cleveland Daily Banner: The Bradley County Road Department is working with Norfolk Southern Railway to make a railroad crossing in Charle
From the Cleveland Daily Banner: The Bradley County Road Department is working with Norfolk Southern Railway to make a railroad crossing in Charleston, where a fatal crash occurred in 2019, safer to cross.
Josh Booker, assistant to Bradley County Road Department Superintendent Tom Collins, told members of the Bradley County Road Committee a hump on Sheffey Lane where it crosses the railroad tracks will be eliminated.
Booker said the county has hired an engineering firm to coordinate the planning and design process with Norfolk Southern.
“It’s really complicated,” he told the committee. ‘You need a bunch of permits just to touch anything that touches the railroad.”
He said the planning and design process is undergoing a final review. No start date for the project has been set.
The December 2019 fatal crash involved a local teen who was a passenger in a vehicle that allegedly lost control after it had jumped the railroad tracks, according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
After jumping the railroad tracks, the vehicle sideswiped a tree on the passenger side and continued eastbound across the roadway into a yard, where it struck another tree on the passenger side, the THP report stated.
The driver, as well as a backseat passenger, also teenagers, survived, although injured.