Safety Upgrades Coming to Fort Campbell Blvd. In Clarksville
by Emily Luxen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Major safety upgrades are coming to one of the busiest roads in Clarksville.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced plans to add crosswalks at five intersections along Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Clarksville City Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin worked with TDOT to make the changes after multiple accidents involving pedestrians. From 2007 to 2011, six pedestrians have been killed along the busy seven lane road.
"Fort Campbell Boulevard to date has highest amount of traffic accidents of any stretch of road in Clarksville," said Councilwoman McLaughlin. "Anytime someone loses their life on a stretch of road it impacts everybody."
The project will include adding signalized crosswalks, countdown pedestrian signals, and extra signs at five designated intersections: Fort Campbell Boulevard at Quinn Lane, Cunningham Lane, Concord Drive, and LaFayette Road, as well as Providence Boulevard at Peachers Mill.
McLaughlin believes the changes will protect pedestrians and drivers, and prevent accidents.
"I think it will make it safer," said Councilwoman McLaughlin. "Hopefully, it will make drivers more aware there is pedestrian traffic in this area. I am hopeful it will encourage pedestrians to cross at these intersections."
TDOT is paying for the project, and it is expected to cost about $300,000.
Engineering work is underway now on the project. All work should be complete by April 30, 2014.