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City to ask state for bypass crosswalk
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McMinnville officials will be urging the state to install a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of North Chancery Street and Highway 70 Bypass.“This year, that intersection is the No. 1 accident location in the county,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “It shifted from Smithville Highway up to that intersection.”The information was presented during a city Safety Committee meeting held to discuss a crosswalk for the safety of pedestrians attempting to cross the intersection.“There should be, or at least we think there should be, some protection for folks coming from those apartments,” said Alderman Mike Neal.Tennessee Department of Transportation, said city administrator Bill Brock, has been notified of the city’s desire for heightened safety measures at the intersection and has agreed to consider installing a lighted crosswalk system that would allow pedestrians to push a button and be given a specific timeframe to cross the street.“They’re going to see if they can find some funds to install it,” said Brock of the system.