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Hwy. 109 more dangerous than ever

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Hwy. 109 at Academy Road is just one of several problem spots in the roadway.

I live in the small neighborhood behind the Martha Gallatin Recreation area. We are the first neighborhood in Wilson County after leaving Gallatin and crossing the Hwy. 109 bridge. After yet another fatal accident by the bridge, I did a little internet research and found The Wilson Post's article "Who's fighting to keep Hwy. 109 safe?" - dated November 5, 2014.

Since the new bridge opened, speeding has been worse than it has ever been in the 20 years we have lived here. In August, my husband was sitting at the stop sign at Wilson Road (our access road to Hwy. 109) - waiting to turn onto 109 - when a vehicle came barreling down the emergency lane treating it as a driving lane and plowed into our vehicle, totaling it.

Every time I look at the photos of our vehicle, I get sick. It would have only taken two more feet further back on our vehicle for my husband to have been killed or seriously injured. And he was simply sitting at the stop sign. The person who hit him was in a hurry to get to work... and, I believe, he was using the emergency lane as a passing lane - and simply could not get back into the traffic lane before hitting our vehicle.

Several weeks after the accident involving my husband, there was another accident in the same area. I understand someone on 109 was passing on a double yellow line in the area where Wilson Road comes out onto 109. I see evidence of new accidents in our area of Hwy. 109 almost every week.

The speed limit on Hwy. 109 needs to be reduced. With all of the neighborhoods and homes on the Wilson County section, I think 35 mph would be an appropriate speed. Traffic signals at every road connecting to a neighborhood would be great.

We also need police officers out here writing speeding tickets. I used to occasionally see an officer out here, but it has been years since I have seen any law enforcement looking for speeders on this section of 109. ANY measure that forces drivers to slow down should be taken.

And tractor trailers should be taken off of Hwy. 109 unless they have immediate business in the VERY NEXT town... such as a Kroger truck delivering to Gallatin - then Lebanon. Hwy. 109 should NOT be used as a shortcut to avoid the interstate. The interstate is for large truck traffic - not state highways.

Charlette Hale

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