Residents near Opry Mills frustrated with holiday traffic

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but traffic headaches can put a damper on the holiday spirit for some drivers.

News 2 has received several calls from people who live near Opry Mills. They say traffic during the weekend evenings can be a nightmare.

“The volume was so immense. We could have had 200, 300 cops out here and nothing was going to help,” explained Councilman Jeff Syracuse.

Councilman Jeff Syracuse (Photo: WKRN)
Councilman Jeff Syracuse (Photo: WKRN)

He says people who live in the area are fed up with being stuck in traffic for hours as they try to make their way home.

“We are constrained by the infrastructure that we have. Last Saturday, there was a car on every inch of pavement.”

On Friday, Syracuse passed out nearly 800 residential access passes to people who are having trouble getting to their houses.

If they put these on their dashboards, police will help them get through the area.

Syracuse says a number of groups are working on a study to create a long term solution.

“Here again, like the traffic study, this is the first time we are looking at the entirety of the area and seeing how we can make things better,” he stated.

If you are visiting Opryland locations this holiday season, the best time to travel in the area is Sunday through Thursday.

Friday and Saturday are peak times. Also, travel is slowest before 3:45 p.m.