Johnson City looking into improving intersection - WRBL

Johnson City looking into improving intersection

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Safety improvements are coming to what some consider dangerous crosswalk in downtown Johnson City.

Last week, we showed you video of a woman who was struck by an oncoming car while crossing the street. The woman walked away and no charges were filed.

News Channel 11 took the video of the accident to city officials.  They say they're looking into improving the safety for the stretch of State of Franklin Road in Downtown Johnson Cty - between Spring Street and South Roan Street.

"What we have to do is figure out how to carry traffic on roads as well as accommodate the mass amount of pedestrian movements we have particularly during the nighttime hours," said Johnson City Public Work Director, Phil Pindzola.

Options up for consideration:  The removal of the crosswalk in the middle of the road, the installation of censors that trigger lights when a person is crossing and improved lighting.

"If we want downtown expand, we have to look at how to make that segment of State of Franklin more pedestrian oriented lower to traffic that needs to be done," said Pindzola.

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