By Tony Gonzalez|
CHRISTIANA — In his 16 years behind the wheel of a big rig, trucker Clint Massey has seen traffic more than double on Interstate 24, the highway he drives across the region twice weekly.
Regional truck traffic will double again in the coming two decades, projections say, adding to the kind of truck-heavy congestion that intimidates commuters and leaves drivers like Massey in a bind when seeking a place to rest.
Truck stops fill by nightfall, he said, often forcing truckers back onto the highway to again test their stamina in search of another place to stop.
“Out here, we make a mistake, people lose their lives,” Massey, 54, said as he refueled at the Shell truck stop at exit 89 on I-24 south of Murfreesboro. “That’s why we need places like this, where we can rest.”
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