By JOHN McBRYDE
The Williamson County Public Library in Franklin will be hosting one of three community meetings in the area to provide for public input on the recently released South Corridor Transportation Study.
The Franklin meeting, scheduled for Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m., will give citizens the opportunity to engage with officials who have produced the study. It is meant to help turn recent transportation plans into shovel-ready projects that can modernize area roadways and address growing traffic congestion and safety concerns.
“Citizens should attend the sessions, and provide input and comments,” Debbie Henry, executive director of the TMA Group, said. “All of those will be taken back and processed and become part of the study. Involvement is huge.
“Nobody knows this area better than the people who live, work and play here, so those are the voices we need. Everyone’s voices are incredibly important.”
Meetings are also scheduled this week at the Memorial Building in Columbia this evening and the Brentwood Library on Thursday. A meeting will be held Monday, May 6, in Nashville at the Adventure Science Center.
“Attendees can expect an open-house style meeting,” Michelle Lacewell, deputy director for the Greater Nashville Regional Council, said. “They can come and go as schedule allows, explore the stations that interest them the most and learn the purpose of the South Corridor Study.
“They will learn how the study relates to previous and on-going planning activities and have an opportunity to document existing issues or concerns with traffic, roadways, plans and anything else they would like to add.”
A group of regional planning organizations officially kicked off the study in early April seeking to improve transit between Maury County and downtown Nashville, but they have been preparing for the public rollout of the study for months.
During the past year, the GNRC, WeGo Public Transit and The Tennessee Department of Transportation have been meeting with city and community leaders in Williamson County and Maury County to determine what the South Corridor Study would look like.
Ultimately, the study will engage residents and business owners along the fast-growing corridor connecting communities in Davidson, Williamson and Maury counties to refine the recommendations from regional planning efforts and to identify projects that can compete for funding. The study will evaluate a variety of options along Interstate 65, U.S. Highway 31/State Route 6 (Franklin Road), and the CSX railway. The corridor includes rapidly developing neighborhoods like Cool Springs, Nashville’s Wedgwood Houston, The Gulch and others.