News & Notes

July, 2018

July 14, 2018

Sam Ridley to widen to 3 lanes each way from I-24 to Old Nashville Highway 

The busy Sam Ridley Parkway will be widened to three lanes each way near Interstate 24 within a few years, Smyrna officials said. 

"This is huge," Smyrna Town Councilman H.G. Cole said during a Tuesday night meeting. 

The council hired Gresham, Smith and Partners to work on designs estimated to cost $650,000 to widen Sam Ridley Parkway from I-24 to Old Nashville Highway. This parkway stretch goes by StoneCrest Medical Center and numerous shopping centers, restaurants, offices and stores. 

The elected officials also hired the firm to craft an estimated $25,000 design for an extension of Potomac Place that would cross the parkway and reach Chaney Road. The future Potomac-Sam Ridley intersection would include a traffic signal that will replace the one at Chaney and the parkway to prevent traffic from stacking, Smyrna Public Works Director Tom Rose said. 

The town is also pursuing Sam Ridley Parkway upgrades at two other intersections: StoneCrest Parkway-Industrial Boulevard and Old Nashville Highway.

July 13, 2018

Auto Parts Manufacturing ‘Field of Dreams’ facility ready to start in Spring Hill

Construction of a new auto parts manufacturing facility is approved to begin after the Municipal Planning Commission’s approval of the project’s final site plans.

The proposed “Field of Dreams” project, which will consist of a 145,000 square-foot facility at 355 Cleburne Road, will create an estimated 134 jobs with an average salary of $42,000.

The name of the company has not been publicly announced. The Daily Herald previously reported it as Faurecia, an international supplier of seats, headliners and instrument panels for companies such as General Motors.

July 12, 2018

Did you hear the big news? Nashville MTA is now WeGo Public Transit. It’s more than just a new name and look, a series of improvements are being made to the system. Lean more here.

July 12, 2018

Mega-developments are hoping to make downtown Nashville greener 

Green spaces are in the works across some of downtown's most gray areas, where frenetic construction has transformed neighborhoods into grids of boxes and asphalt. 

Mega-projects Nashville Yards, Capitol View and Peabody Plaza are plotting sizable parks around their towers. In the process, they're forgoing more profitable choices. 

"It looks good," said John Eakin, whose firm is now building the 9-story, $90 million Peabody Plaza office tower at Rolling Mill Hill. "Amenity space has become the standard in high-quality office buildings. In an urban environment it gives tenants a place to go to be outside."


July 10, 2018

Brentwood trail underneath I-65 could provide safe path for pedestrians, cyclists 

recently completed pedestrian connectivity study lays out the most feasible route to connect the east and west sides of the city with a safe option for crossing I-65. It calls for transforming an existing Little Harpeth River culvert that runs beneath the interstate, according to a release from the city.

Taking community input into consideration, consultants Kimley-Horn and the Toole Design Group reported that of the six proposed options outlined in the study, option B1 was the most efficient and affordable route Brentwood could pursue for the path. 

July 9, 2018

Murfreesboro, Smyrna working to lure corporate headquarters, bring jobs closer to home 

Murfreesboro and Smyrna officials hope their long quest to sell land to a company looking to locate a headquarters will improve household income for area residents.

"The goal for the corporate site is to create a large number of new jobs," new Murfreesboro City Manager Craig Tindall said. "The city will continue to be selective among proposed projects to assure that this goal is met."


July 3, 2018

Spring Hill 2018 Special Census: population is certified at 40,436 

Spring Hill’s population officially has topped 40,000 people, based on the results of a special census conducted between Oct. 1, 2017, and Feb. 28, 2018.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently certified that the official population of Spring Hill now stands at 40,436, a 10.7 percent increase from the
36,530 residents certified in 2016.

The census collected residents’ names and addresses, showing a gain of 3,906 residents in two years.

In 2010, the year of the decennial U.S. census, the certified population was 29,036. The next decennial census is in 2020.


July 3, 2018

CSX to reopen shuttered Nashville yard, quashing oft-teased transit dream  

If PSC Metals' East Bank location is Nashville's development long shot, then CSX Corp.'s Radnor Yard is the city's transit pipe dream. And now it appears even less likely that the Jacksonville, Fla.-based transportation giant will give up its South Nashville location.

CSX is slated to reopen its so-called "hump" at Radnor Yard, hiring 40 to 50 people in the process, according to industry publication Trains. For years, transit advocates have suggested incentivizing CSX to relocate from the site, allowing its local tracks to be used for commuter-rail operations.

In 2016, Moving Forward — a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce-backed transit initiative — recommended that city and state officials encourage CSX to relocate Radnor Yard to an outlying county in order to create commuter rail lines, calling it a "game-changing economic development opportunity." At the time, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said any relocation would cost roughly $767 million; CSX wasn't immediately receptive to the idea, according to WPLN.

July 3, 2018

Pedestrian fatalities up in Tennessee's largest cities 

More people have been killed walking the streets of Tennessee's largest cities in recent years, reflecting the national uptick in pedestrian fatalities.

Memphis, which nearly doubled its number of deaths over six years, ranks among the top 25 large cities for its fatality rate from 2012 to 2016, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of federal safety data. Nashville, number 70 on the list (out of 173 cities with populations greater than 100,000), saw a dramatic spike last year, but 2018 is looking better. Knoxville ranked 47th.

“We just do not have a pedestrian culture here," said Stacy Dorris, a physician and pedestrian safety activist in Nashville. "It was not designed very well as a walking community.”

Studies in Nashville and Memphis have pointed to problems such as crumbling concrete, missing sidewalks and long blocks without crosswalks

June, 2018

June 27, 2018

TSU Researchers:  Pedestrian Deaths are Misunderstood, In part Because of Police and Journalists 

Researchers at Tennessee State University say they’ve found shortcomings in how pedestrian deaths are documented and reported through local news outlets.

In a study presented Tuesday (PDF), the pair of researchers said they found that roughly 45 percent of pedestrian fatalities go unreported in local news outlets, and that when they do, the details provided by police and journalists may be contributing to misperceptions about why pedestrians die.

Anthony Campbell, assistant professor of public administration, said he decided to investigate walking deaths because he’d picked up on some misunderstandings while compiling stories of local victims for the Nashville Pedestrian Death Registry.

Last year was the deadliest on record for the city, with 23 killed.

Anecdotally, people didn’t understand where these were happening, or why.


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