News & Notes

July, 2017

July 25, 2017

Brentwood adopts policy for pedestrian crossings

Brentwood officials know the city's roads aren't particularly pedestrian friendly. That's one reason why City Commission voted on Monday to adopt a policy for installing mid-block pedestrian crossings. The crossings, which don't include a traffic signal or stop sign, will require cars to yield to pedestrians.

July 24, 2017

Haslam announces alternative transportation grant for Franklin  

Franklin was the last stop on a four-city mini tour for Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday where he announced the winners of federal Transportation Alternative Grants.

Franklin’s giant check was made out for $1 million, and will pay for the next phase of a multi-use trail along Hwy. 96 West.

Franklin Vice Mayor Pearl Bransford said the Tennessee Department of Transportation funded Phase 1 last year with an $800,000 grant. The $3.3 million project will run from Boyd Mill Avenue to Fifth Avenue North

July 24, 2017

Murfreesboro wins $1 million grant to build sidewalks on Mercury Blvd

Gov. Bill Haslam's Friday announcement that Murfreesboro won a $1 million federal grant to build sidewalks on Mercury Boulevard pleased neighborhood advocate Richard Baines.

"Fantastic. It's long overdue," Baines said after watching the governor make the sidewalk announcement in the Ron Washington Theater at Patterson Park Community Center off Mercury. 

"This area is going to grow," said Baines, who urged the Murfreesboro City Council during a meeting more than a year ago to build sidewalks on Mercury. "It's going to be a destination when Kroger comes here. We've got the Patterson Center here, the Hope Clinic. The people in this area don't have a sidewalk. They have to walk on the side of the road to get anyplace, and it's very dangerous and getting more so. This is a great boon to this area." 

July 17, 2017

Nashville transit plan a boon for real estate market, pros say


The $6 billion transit plan includes bus rapid transit, bus-on-shoulder, commuter rail service between cities and, for the first time, light rail in Nashville. The plan would be implemented over 25 years if voters approve funding.

Along the first route of Nashville’s proposed light rail system, real estate professionals believe the plan would boost property values and lead to new investment in the surrounding neighborhoods as mixed-use transit-oriented developments are located along the routes. And, by making it easier to travel between employment centers and affordable neighborhoods beyond the city’s core, light rail and better bus service could increase access to workforce housing.  

July 17, 2017

Murfreesboro 2035 Comprehensive Plan becomes official 

The Murfreesboro 2035 Comprehensive Plan emerged Thursday as an official document to guide growth after three years of study. 

"I think this sets us up for the future as we continue to grow," Murfreesboro Planning Commissioner Kirt Wade said in calling for the unanimous vote. "I think this is the right step, and this is the right tool."

Officials hope the plan will help them steer development for a fast-growing Murfreesboro that reached a U.S. Census estimated population of 131,947 on July 1, 2016. Consultants working on the plan that deals with housing, parks, economic development, historic preservation and other land uses issues project the city will have a count of about 228,000 residents by 2035

July 17, 2017

Editorial: Watch the road, respect cyclists and pedestrians in Nashville

As congestion continues to grow in Middle Tennessee and commute times increase, tensions are rising. 

That is precisely why moving forward with a strategy that helps alleviate congestion and protects the public safety of riders, runners and walkers is important. It is as much a safety concern as it is a health imperative in Tennessee, a state that ranks near the bottom nationwide in health outcomes such as hypertension and obesity. 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security crash data show that 1,238 pedestrians and 373 cyclists died statewide on roads from 2007 to June 30, 2017.

July 13, 2017

Mt. Juliet hopes for major traffic relief with new road set to open in July

A new north-south road in Mt. Juliet that officials believe can provide significant traffic relief to the city is projected to be open by the end of July. Golden Bear Gateway is the new road that travels from near Interstate 40 at the end of Beckwith Road to Lebanon Road across from Benders Ferry Road. It's also been referred to as the eastern connector. The new road connects into existing roadway just south of Mt. Juliet High School that now becomes part of Golden Bear Gateway, located east of North Mt. Juliet Road that is the city's primary north-south connection."The short term benefit is it will obviously alleviate traffic on Mt. Juliet Road," Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow said. "It's difficult to predict how much, but it will help.

July 12, 2017

Already short on cash, Williamson County roads need $378 million in improvements

Traffic consultants delivered a daunting message to Williamson County officials on Tuesday: The existing traffic congestion on state and county roads is just "scratching the surface" of what's to come in its unincorporated areas.  While a considerable chunk of drivers who use those roads are just passing through Williamson, the bulk of new traffic in coming years will be generated from new residents in the county's eastern portion.

July 11, 2017

Road rage: Battle lines drawn in effort to reduce 8th Avenue S. to 3 lanes

A possible reconfiguration of a 3-mile portion of Eighth Avenue South between Gale Lane in the Berry Hill/Melrose area and the roundabout at Music City Center (Korean Veterans Boulevard) has sparked heated debate among neighbors.

The battle pits those who see the reconfiguration as progress with bike lanes and safety measures against those – like Citizens Against 8th Avenue Gridlock – who envision more cars and additional overflow traffic.

July 11, 2017

3 of country’s worst traffic bottlenecks are right here in Nashville

Three of the country’s worst interstate bottlenecks are right here in Nashville, according to a report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

It used GPS data from tractor-trailers to identify those problem areas as Interstate 24 at Interstate 40 and 440; I-65 at I-24; and I-40 at I-65.

With funding from the IMPROVE Act, the Tennessee Department of Transpiration can start turning their attention to the city’s bottlenecks.

Engineer Joseph Deering says Nashville has just outgrown these interchanges.

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