News & Notes
July 23, 2019
Visit the new GNRC.org!
GNRC has launched a new website and we are working to migrate content from NashvilleMPO.org to GNRC.org. Regional news clips, meeting notices, agendas and minutes, public notices, program resources, and more are current available on the new site. Please contact Ms. Lou Edwards if you have any questions about accessing information during this transition.
May 2, 2019
Mt. Juliet secures $7.8M in grants for greenways, sidewalks
Approximately $7.8 million in grant funds have been secured for eight Mt. Juliet greenway and sidewalk projects, most tentatively scheduled to begin construction in the coming months.
The Mt. Juliet Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which is holding a community bike ride Sunday, helps guide city commissioners on plans for walking, running and bicycling infrastructure improvements.
April 4, 2019
GNRC Announces Community Meetings for South Corridor Study
Building on the regional interest to embrace emerging technologies and to expand public transportation options across Middle Tennessee, the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), WeGo Public Transit, and TDOT have kicked-off the South Corridor Study to help turn recent transportation plans into shovel ready projects that can modernize area roadways and address growing traffic congestion and safety concerns.
March 21, 2019
Will new TDOT projects relieve high traffic volumes in Nashville?
Residents and visitors alike can feel the struggle of Nashville traffic. But for people who live and work here every day, it seems insurmountable. Commutes that typically took 20 to 30 minutes are now doubled, even tripled in some cases. TDOT knows the I-24 corridor has reached its limits.
March 13, 2019
TMA Group's Debbie Henry named to ACT Certification Board of Trustees
The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), as part of its effort to establish the first certification program for Transportation Demand Management professionals, has announced the appointment of the first members to the Certification Board of Trustees.
February 21, 2019
Franklin Planapalooza kicks off with eager participants ready to plan Franklin's future
The city of Franklin’s “Planapalooza” event kicked off with a successful turnout of over 60 people ready to dive into the nuts and bolts of planning Franklin’s future. The group of residents, elected officials and anyone interested listened to a planning and zoning presentation delivered by Planapalooza head W. Brian Wright, founding principal of Tennessee Planning & Urban Design Collaborative, a consultant for the city.
February 13, 2019
Here's how much sitting in Nashville traffic costs you
Hey Nashville, you lost nearly four days sitting in traffic last year.
That's according to a new study, which found that Nashville is the 20th most-congested city in the United States.
Those 87 hours you spent sitting in your car last year cost you $1,221 in direct and indirect costs, according to the study by Kirkland, Washington-based Inrix, which is best known for its traffic app.
The calculations for annual direct and indirect costs to cities break down this way: Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, while indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to consumers through higher prices.
Last year, Nashville came in at No. 27 on Inrix's annual list. Inrix modified its methodology this year, so it's not possible to compare the change in costs year-over-year.
January 14, 2019
How will planned 'Smart Corridor' help ease traffic woes on I-24?
The drive between Davidson and Rutherford counties using Interstate 24 can be unpredictable.
But the Tennessee Department of Transportation's new pilot called the I-24 Smart Corridor Project could be the solution.
"We can't make the road any shorter, but what we can do is make the commute time shorter in having reliability in your transportation," said Paul Degges, TDOT Chief Engineer.
The new Smart Corridor will be the first of its kind in Tennessee and it will use existing infrastructure to improve travel times for drivers.
It's part traditional construction, like more acceleration lanes, and part new technology.
"We're going to put 23 shoulder mounted dynamic message signs," said Degges. "Right now, the big overhead message signs are spaced out at about three miles."
The more frequent message signs on the interstate will provide more detailed updates to drivers of speed, lane or merge conditions ahead, while traveling information boards will guide drivers to alternate routes.
"It's going to allow the user in the network to make better decisions and hopefully we can actually reduce congestion and reduce secondary crashes," said Degges.
It'll also upgrade and adjust traffic signals of connector routes to optimize alternate route in the event of an incident on I-24.
Degges said the technology will also help TDOT more efficiently manage traffic, like finding the root of a slowdown.
January 4, 2019
$28M Gallatin project to connect SR-109 to Dobbins Pike will alleviate downtown traffic
After more than a decade of planning and preparation, the City of Gallatin will soon launch a $28 million project to build a connector roadway between State Route 109 and Dobbins Pike.
The city accepted a bid for $27,440,488 by Jones Brothers Inc. of Mt. Juliet to connect the northern and eastern areas of Gallatin by extending Hatten Track Road to State Route 109.
The project is expected to divert approximately 12 percent from Downtown Gallatin to the new road, according to a news release.
"What's unique is our city engineers and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) are working together on this project, allowing us to better control the design," City Engineer Nick Tuttle said in a prepared statement, adding this project is the largest locally-managed road construction project of its kind in Tennessee.
December 19, 2018
'Merry Christmas, Franklin': Long-awaited Mack Hatcher extension breaks ground
After nearly a decade of waiting, Franklin residents will finally see progress on the newest extension of the Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway.
The improvements will stretch from the existing intersection at Mack Hatcher and Hillsboro Road to the Westhaven neighborhood on Highway 96 West. The total cost of the 3.2-mile project will be about $46 million, according to officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
"Merry Christmas, Franklin," Mayor Ken Moore said. "Santa has come. No one can remember how long this has been on Franklin's project list. We appreciate the opportunity to have this road."
The roadway will cross over the Harpeth River twice.
Phase I will include the construction of the inside half of the entire roadway. With this project, there will be one travel lane in each direction. However, the intersections at Highway 96 West, Del Rio Pike and Hillsboro Road will be built in their entirety.
Phase II of the project hasn't been funded. That construction phase will add two travel lanes outside of the median.