Study Of Rural Roads Finds Tennessee Needs Overhaul

Jul 15, 2014


A study of America's non-interstate rural roads ranks Tennessee high for fatal accidents and travel fatality rate on rural roads.

Tennessee is among the top 11 states for fatal accidents on rural roads. The state also ranks in the top 6 in the US for fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled.

The study from transportation research group TRIP suggests a major overhaul of rural transportation systems in Tennessee. The report found connecting routes in rural Tennessee and other states are often winding and shoulderless and lack safety features like streetlights, turn lanes, reflective markers, and rumble strips in the center and edges of the road.

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