(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee is now home to the first-of-its-kind training facility in the country that focuses on handling major highway incidents.
The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management Training Facility features a section of interstate-like roadway, a two-way interchange, as well as a section of two-lane highway and a full four-way intersection.
The facility, to be used by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will be used to simulate a variety of crashes, and allow emergency responders to train on appropriate responses.
"We know the longer roadways remain closed due to major traffic incidents, the danger of secondary crashes increases dramatically," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer in a statement. "Improving emergency response will decrease the risk of secondary crashes, overall congestion, and keep our highways safer for all motorists."
TDOT applied for and received federal Highway Safety Improvement Project funds, which will cover 90% of the $912,025.05 cost to build the facility.
The training site is located on land adjacent to the Tennessee Highway Patrol's training center off Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.
The facility is dedicated to TDOT and THP first responders who have been killed in the line of duty.
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