'Enormous relief' coming for traffic on Hillsboro Road

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:07am

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro announced Tuesday plans for major improvements along Hillsboro Road in the heart of Green Hills.

Beginning next month, TDOT will begin a resurfacing project on Hillsboro Road from Interstate 440 to Harding Place. The project will also include the addition of a center turn lane on Hillsboro Road stretching from Sharondale Drive to Crestmoor Road.

Sean McGuire, who represents the area on Metro Council, called the turn lane addition a necessary first step to coming up with final solutions for the Green Hills traffic problems.

“It’s going to provide enormous relief for traffic congestion, but it’s not going to be a solution to all traffic problems,” McGuire said.

TDOT will also make improvements to bus stops and pedestrian crosswalks on Hillsboro Road.

“I believe this turn lane will have a very positive impact on drivers’ ability to travel through Green Hills with fewer delays,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

The TDOT project will not require the purchase of any easements, McGuire said.

Throughout the development of this project, TDOT has worked closely with a resource team comprised of Green Hills residents and business owners, as well as several Metro Nashville agencies, the Green Hills Action Partners, and the Chamber of Commerce West Area Business Council. All of the parties have been given opportunities to have input on the project, express concerns, and offer solutions to traffic issues along the corridor.

“That group will continue to work together to look for solutions,” McGuire said.

TDOT will open bids on the Hillsboro Road project on June 12. The project could begin as early as mid-June. Work to add the center turn lane will begin first and will require lane closures over four weekends. The resurfacing work will be done during the evening and overnight hours. The entire project is expected to be complete by October 2009.

5 Comments on this post:

By: RyanHurd on 5/26/09 at 12:26

this will do nothing.

sorry tdot.

By: global_citizen on 5/26/09 at 1:09

I disagree Ryan. It will be an enormous improvement. I travel this area nearly everyday. Cars turning left causes the majority off backed up traffic.

By: tim4wsp on 5/26/09 at 1:40

I think they should just build light rail down the middle and set up toll booths at 440 and one down near williamson County on Old Hickory Blvd. Next, only charge cars that aren't from Davidson County to pay for it. In fact, we should have a county income tax levied on those living outside of Davidson County.

By: RyanHurd on 5/26/09 at 4:09

I live a block from the mall, so I feel your pain. I am not a traffic engineer in the least, but I do not think that the problem is not with the size of the road or a lack of a left turn lane. It has much to do with free parking and the design of the corridor. They made it impossible to live in Green Hills without a car, destroyed the grid that used to be there, and built the mall. I think it will help initially, but I think that in five years we will be having the same conversation.

By: shinestx on 5/27/09 at 8:48

I did not know that GH ever had a grid. Where was it?