July 13, 2016 will go down in East Ridge History as the opening day for BASS PRO SHOP within the Camp Jordan Parkway.
Another part of East Ridge history will be the traffic problems within Exit One off interstate 75 North & South. The traffic is expected to reach capacity of the egress into Bass Pro Shop early that day with long traffic lines off Highway 41 as well as exit ramps off I-75/I-24 in both directions.
The Tennessee and Georgia Highway patrols will be required to keep traffic moving and the East Ridge Police Department will set up uniform patrol officers to assist in this traffic congestion.
The old saying “the cart came before the horse” will be repeated in print, T.V., radio and short-wave transmissions. Expect much media coverage of this traffic congestion and long wait time periods to travel Ringgold Road.
Regress to a previous travel condition at Exit One to its previous condition is expected to be 18-24 months from July 13, 2016. Drive safely and obey all traffic signals and police counseling.
_ Don Seagle