News & Notes

June, 2018

June 21, 2018

Research shows how housing, transportation are interlinked

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is doing a lot of research about how housing and transportation are interlinked. 

More and more people are choosing to live somewhere like Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson County, and make the drive to Nashville five days a week to work. 

If you’ve searched for a home lately, it seems you don’t get quite as much bang for your buck if you live in or near downtown Nashville. 

But new research shows how far out you can go to make sure things even out. 

June 21, 2018

Williamson transportation summit looks at failed transit vote, considers the future 

More than 300 people attended Williamson Inc.’s fourth annual Transportation Summit on Tuesday, where panelists discussed lessons learned from an unsuccessful campaign to raise taxes in Nashville to fund a $9 billion transit proposal that included light rail, expanded bus service and an underground tunnel downtown.

One of the biggest mistakes made during the transit campaign was that it was an isolated issue, said Steve Bland, CEO of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority.


June 21, 2018

White House, TN mayor: City to invest record amount on roads, talks upcoming projects 

White House Mayor Michael Arnold focused on two main goals for the future in Tuesday's State of the City address: invest in the city's roads and make developers and builders "pay to play." 

"We're not going to fund all new residents; builders and developers are going to have to help us," Arnold said. 

The mayor spoke to members of the White House Area Chamber of Commerce about the new budget and future of the city. 


June 15, 2018

Williamson, Inc.'s Transportation Summit 

Nashville's failed mass transit referendum will be at the forefront of Williamson, Inc.'s transportation summit this year. 

Now in its fourth year, the summit will be divided into two panel sessions that will look at the progress of countywide mobility issues over the past year and what can be done in the future.

When: Tuesday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • Where: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin TN 37067
  • Tickets cost $40 for business partners and $60 for guests. 
  • June 12, 2018

    Top things to watch for at next week’s Williamson, Inc. Transportation Summit 

    After Nashville’s resounding rejection of the transit referendum this spring, regional leaders will gather to discuss what comes next at Williamson, Inc.’s Transportation Summit next Tuesday.

    On June 19, local and regional leaders will gather at the Cool Springs Marriott to discuss the best solutions to the constant plague of traffic congestion, and what comes next after the transit vote.

    June 12, 2018

    Where is Murfreesboro's next gateway? Interstate 840 key to development, officials say 

    Murfreesboro officials hope new gateway economic development areas will open given they're running out of existing Gateway property for medical and corporate headquarters offices.

    "We don't have any more land to sell," City Councilman Eddie Smotherman said. "We probably need to develop another gateway."

    Smotherman sees the next gateway being on Northwest Broad Street off Interstate 840 and would like to buy available land near there.

    Interstate 840 exits to Veterans Parkway and a planned Cherry Lane extension from Memorial Boulevard by the Siegel Soccer Complex & Community Park offer two other areas with significant gateway potential, Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley said.

    "840 is the trigger," Crumley said. 


    May, 2018

    May 31, 2018

    TDOT may shut down half of I-440 for months to expedite repair process 

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is mulling the option of an expedited repair process — cutting down the time of the long-planned reconstruction project from three years to less than one — but it won't happen without some major closures taking place.

    On Wednesday, the department announced that it will also accept proposals from contractors to close roughly half of I-440 at a time, rather than reducing the entire stretch to two lanes, in order to complete the project in a year or less.

    "Preliminary traffic models have shown that reducing I-440 to two lanes in each direction for a three year period would result in near-constant heavy traffic queues on I-440 and dramatically increase congestion on surrounding routes," TDOT said in a statement.

    TDOT has determined that the first segment would be I-440 East and West from the I-65 junction to the !-24 junction, while the second segment would be from the I-65 junction to the I-40 junction.The first segment closure could take place as early as January and last around three months, followed by the second closure, which the state would require to reopen to traffic by mid-November 2019.

    May 30, 2018

    How Franklin is building up its sidewalks network

    In 2016, the city began allotting $250,000 per year to sidewalk construction for a period of five years. By 2022, Franklin leaders will have invested $1.2 million in improving the sidewalk network.

    "It’s designed to pick off fairly small projects," City Administrator Eric Stuckey said. "It’s been important work, and it has great impact to connect neighborhoods. We have seen a positive impact the last two years, and we look forward to seeing what we can do in the next three."


    May 29, 2018

    Williamson County among top 10 in the nation for new building permits 

    Investment in Williamson County has soared beyond the rest of the state, landing it in the top 10 counties in the nation issuing the most new building permits, a new review of federal data shows.

    For every 1,000 homes in Williamson County, 35 building permits were issued in 2016 — the most recently available data. 

    May 23, 2018

    Work being done to improve Columbia's roads, traffic flow

    Like a lot of other communities in Middle Tennessee, Columbia is experiencing some traffic increase, and most of their current road projects are centered around intersection improvements. 

    “We have a really big one coming up here that are going out for proposals now there at Nashville Highway and Bear Creek, which is State Route 6 and Highway 50 there. It’s pushing around 50,000 cars a day through there, which is actually rivaling the interstate which is running parallel with it. I-65 is pushing around 39,000," said Paul Keltner, Director of Development Services.” 


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