JC Neighbors Concerned About Reynolds/Overbrook Intersection

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 19, 2007 at 7:21 PM EDT

Jerry Smith has seen a lot of action living on the corner of Reynolds and Overbrook Roads in Johnson City.

"We've had two real bad accidents in our front yard. A U-Haul came through, took out a car and put it against our house. One took out the telephone pole," says Smith.

Smith even had to build a brick mailbox because too many were wiped out by drivers passing through the dangerous intersection.

Neighbor Helen Skurski says she needs eyes in the back of her head to pull out of the driveway.

"That's why we made the driveway a little bit wider so we can back up and go that way if traffic is so bad. But it is dangerous to live here anymore," says Skurski.

Last November, there was an alcohol related crash.

Neighbors say it's only a matter of time before this intersection turns deadly.

"Something has to be done," says Smith.

Johnson City police say not much can be done to improve this section of Reynolds Road.

They say the problem is not the intersection, the problem is speeding drivers.

Police say there's too much traffic to install a blinking light or stop signs at the intersection.

It would do more harm than good.

Police add if drivers follow the speed limit, no one will crash at this intersection.

But with thousands of cars driving through daily, neighbors say it's bound to happen again.

Johnson City Police say 7 crashes in three years at that intersection is not considered excessive, and they do patrol the area for speeders.

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