Expansion to provide relief to congested Nashville road

Expansion to provide relief to congested Nashville road (Image 1)

Relief to one of the most congested roads in Nashville could be on the way for homeowners and businesses.

Tennessee's Department of Transportation plans to expand Nolensville Road from Burkitt Road to near Old Hickory Blvd.

The project would help ease congestion in the quickly growing area.

It is tentatively set to break ground in 2016 and take up to three years to complete.

The expansion would widen the now two-lane road to a five-lane highway, with two lanes of travel in each direction, bike lanes and five foot sidewalks.

As a result, the state will also take 12 homes and some other residential property to accommodate the expansion.

“It is very busy. I have noticed a huge increase in the last two years,” Jamie Kuban said. “Especially I have noticed it even in the last six months.”

Kuban lives in Williamson County, but travels through the area at least once a day. Depending on the time of day, she can sit in traffic for several minutes.

“I think it is really going to increase the volume,” Kuban said. “I think people who like the country setting are going to see it be very city and metropolitan like.”

Home and business owners in the area of Nolensville Road between Old Hickory Boulevard and Burkitt Road have long complained about the congestion along the two lane stretch that goes through the heart of the quickly growing Lenox Village area.

George Bartlett's house sits on Nolensville Road next to the Lenox Village development that includes both retail and residential buildings.

“I am concerned if they come in, take my big trees down, and don't do something about keeping the traffic away from the house,” he said.

Bartlett is often stuck in his driveway during rush hour and some drivers use his driveway as a turn around location.

“About two hours in the morning, from seven till nine, it stops right here in front of the house,” he said. “It is not to bad if you are turning north if you sit there long enough, people will let you out.”

He continued, “But if you are turning south, people here are so aggravated by the amount of time they had to wait, they are not going to let you out.”

The timeline for construction is a long one.

According to TDOT spokeswoman Deanna Lambert, construction would not begin until 2016 at the earliest.

Right now, the department is preparing for right of way plans, something that was funded as part TDOT's three year plan.

“The goal is to release the right of way plans in the summer of 2014,” Lambert wrote in an e-mail. “Then TDOT's right of way office would begin their negotiation processes to acquire the necessary right of ways.”

TDOT plans to start contacting homeowners who would be impacted around March 2014.

The relocation of utilities and homes is expected to take around two years because of the number of properties that could be affected.

TDOT estimates that in addition to the 12 homes, 43 residential tracts will have to be purchased.

Funding for the actual construction would have to be allocated in 2016.

The original project was estimated to cost $20 million in 2004. TDOT expects it to cost quite a bit more now.

To see the rest of TDOT's three-year plan, click here.

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