Mt. Juliet Says New Section Of I-40 Dangerous When Wet

Posted at 10:10 PM, Jul 13, 2015

MT. JULIET, Tenn - Driving can be treacherous in storms as it is, but the city of Mt. Juliet says a brand new stretch of interstate is dangerous any time it rains.

Mt. Juliet leaders have asked TDOT to fix the section of I-40 east around mile-marker 226 near the Mt. Juliet Road exit.

The city of Mt. Juliet said it has to respond to crashes pretty much any time it rains because cars are hydroplaning around the HOV lane.

"It appears that almost every single time we get a downpour we get at least one crash," said Mt. Juliet Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow.

It's the same spot where a father and his two children survived a crash with a semi truck nearly two weeks ago.

This area was just widened last year.

"We're looking at the plans to make sure that everything is functioning as it should be functioning and what we had designed for," said TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen.

TDOT says it did a laser study Monday to try and figure out what is causing the water to pond.

Jensen says TDOT hopes to have some answers within a month and can go forward with repairs from there.