Staff Photo by Lesley Onstott TDOT employee Rodney Taylor directs morning traffic on Signal Mountain Road, which was down to one lane around the road collapse, Thursday. Traffic took turns going each direction around the damaged road.
TDOT employees are directing traffic on Signal Mountain Road because of a collapse of a portion of the road early Wednesday morning. Motorist must take turns negotiating the damaged portion of the road, which is down to one lane at the point of the collapse.
Reports from earlier today
Times Free Press Features Editor Mark Kennedy found his early morning commute down Signal Mountain to be fairly simple.
According to Mr. Kennedy, his commute down the W-Road this morning at 8 a.m. was pleasantly uneventful. "My 3-year-old son and I left home at our normal time and made it to the UTC Children’s Center on time. My wife, who left for work an hour earlier at about 7 a.m., said the W-Road was more congested than normal at that point; but only slightly." Mr. Kennedy said.
Times Free Press Sports Editor Jay Greeson left the mountain earlier than Mr. Kennedy, but had a similar experience.
Mr. Greeson left his Signal Mountain neighborhood at 5:46 a.m.
On Thursday morning five trucks surrounded the massive gap in the southbound lane of Signal Mountain Road. Even before 6 , two flagmen were waving the cars around the hole that limited the road to one passable lane at the spot of the weather-caused damage.
There was very little resistance, and what other traffic that was there was easily waved around the hole. I made it to work at 6:07 a.m. — the 21-minute drive mirroring the time for a normal drive to work — and it was still pretty cold.