Burkitt Road causes problems during snow, ice storms

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s one of the problem roads whenever there is a snow or ice storm in Metro.

There have been several crashes and people abandoning vehicles because of the icy, hilly stretch of Burkitt Road in Cane Ridge.

Since it’s considered a secondary road, it’s not one of the city’s top priorities during snow and ice.

While the sun made an appearance Wednesday and quickly melted the snow on Burkitt Road in Cane Ridge, but overnight is was virtually a sheet of ice.

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

On Battle Road at the corner of Burkitt, a Metro police officer received minor injuries this morning while working a possible weather-related crash.

His patrol car was hit from behind and pushed into one of the wrecked vehicles.

The officer was taken to the hospital and is expected to be ok.

“Burkitt Road is a nightmare,” said resident Steve Tucker.

Tucker has lived on the road for 10 years.

He said on a normal day it’s a problem road.

“It’s one of the craziest roads I’ve ever been on,” Tucker said. “In the morning time if you leave my driveway from seven to eight o’clock in the morning you have to take a ticket and get in line; it’s every man for himself.”

He said it only gets worse during snow and ice.

“We came home last night about 8 p.m. and the roads were covered here, and I was wondering if we were going to be able to get out this morning,” he said.

He continued, “It’s a lot of hills going up and down and you got big trees that keep it shaded, makes it hard for the sun to come out and melt the ice.”

Another crash happened on Burkitt near Gloryland Drive Tuesday morning.

A vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a mailbox.

“The prime objective of snow removal in Nashville/Davidson County is to work to get the main and then secondary routes passable,” Metro Public Works spokesman Jenna Smith said in an email.

“Burkitt Road from Old Hickory Boulevard to Nolensville Pike is one of our secondary routes, and it was salted multiple times during this week’s winter weather.”

Every time there is a wreck, Tucker says the neighbors gather.

“It’s has running joke, whose mailbox is going to be next,” Tucker said.

Metro police spokesman Kristin Mumford told News 2 during the snow storm in late January there were three crashes on Burkitt Road, and three more within the past two days.

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