Franklin and Brentwood will both be hosting community meetings in a few weeks for residents to learn more about the South Corridor Transportation Study that has gotten underway to help turn recent transportation plans into shovel-ready projects that can modernize area roadways and address growing traffic congestion and safety concerns.
Building on the regional interest to embrace emerging technologies and to expand public transportation options across Middle Tennessee, the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), WeGo Public Transit and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have kicked off the study.
The public will have opportunities to become engaged in the study through four different community meetings. The Williamson County Public Library on Columbia Pike in Franklin will be the site of a meeting on April 30, while the Brentwood Library on Concord Road will host one on May 2.
Columbia’s Memorial Building will hold a meeting on April 29, and Nashville residents can attend one on May 6 at the Adventure Science Center. All four meetings will run from 5:30-8 p.m.
“Public input is critical to the success of this study and vital to finding solutions to area traffic woes. I encourage all residents, those who use transit or not, to attend these meetings or reach out to the study team to learn more,” said Brentwood Mayor Jill Burgin.
GNRC has contracted a team of consultants led by WSP USA Inc. to assist with the study. GNRC serves as the federally designated regional transportation planning organization and is responsible for convening local elected officials with TDOT and area transit agencies for the purposes of developing and adopting transportation plans.
The current plan, adopted by area mayors and state officials in 2016, allocates more than $8 billion in anticipated federal, state and local revenue to a variety of transportation projects between now and 2040 including highway expansions, public transit projects, walking and bicycling facilities, and technology upgrades for better traveler information and traffic management.
As part of the ongoing regional planning efforts, WeGo Public Transit (formerly Regional Transit Authority of Middle Tennessee) worked closely with residents, businesses and community leaders to adopt a more detailed transit master plan, called “nMotion,” in 2016. The South Corridor was identified as a top priority in both the multi-modal regional transportation plan and the more detailed transit master plan.
“We are excited to partner with our neighboring cities and counties to undertake this effort,” said Franklin Mayor Ken Moore. “Moving forward with this study is an important step to improve mobility for commuters and set us up for future investments along the corridor.”
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, US 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.
“It is no secret that Spring Hill is experiencing significant growth,” said Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham. “One of the most visible impacts of that growth is the stress on our infrastructure, and I am hopeful the recommendations from this study will provide a path forward to improve connectivity in and out of our city.”