Creating a 90-degree approach to the tracks would have cost as much as $200,000 because of the involvement it would require from different groups and the proximity of the tracks to the Tennessee River, Cherry said.

Instead, the 60-degree approach ended up costing the city around $5,000, according to Livengood, who said some of that savings came from the creativity of a construction manager who helped direct leftover asphalt from other projects to the jughandle.

So far, Cherry said the fix has been highly effective in helping to minimize crashes, while the majority of crashes that continue to take place happen when people avoid using the jughandle.

The city has also realigned the Greenway side of the Neyland Drive crossing to help reduce crashes on that side.

2 months, 53 wrecks: Fixing Knoxville's most dangerous bicycle crossing

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If you're interested in this,

If you're interested in this, my spouse will be on WBIR at 6 discussing it.

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Some 35 years ago I wrecked

Some 35 years ago I wrecked my bike on those railroad tracks. It was before the bike trails, except for the one off Sutherland, and before helmets. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but I did stop traffic. It does seem like it is time to fix it.

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