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Posted on: April 5, 2019

South Corridor Transportation Study launches; residents encouraged to attend public input meetings

Public Input Meetings

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 TDOT have kicked-off the South Corridor Study to help turn recent transportation plans into shovel ready projects that can modernize area roadways and address growing traffic congestion and safety concerns. 

This study is vital to Spring Hill’s long-term transportation infrastructure growth, and input from residents is going to play an important part in the development of this plan.

The GNRC serves as our area’s federally-designated regional transportation planning organization and is responsible for convening local elected officials with TDOT and area transit agencies to develop and adopt transportation plans. The GNRC has contracted a team of consultants led by WSP USA Inc. to assist with the study.

The current comprehensive regional transportation 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.

The South Corridor 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 I-65, U.S. 31, and the CSX railway. The corridor includes rapidly developing neighborhoods like Spring Hill, Columbia, Cool Springs, Nashville’s Wedgwood-Houston, The Gulch, and others.

The South Corridor Transportation Study will be introduced at a series of public workshops. The public is encouraged to stop by these locations any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Additional details are available at SouthCorridor.org.

• Maury County - Monday, April 29, Memorial Building, 308 W 7th St, Columbia

• Williamson County - Tuesday, April 30, Williamson Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin

• Williamson County - Thursday, May 2, Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood

• Davidson County – Monday, May 6, Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our neighboring cities and counties to move forward with this important study that will greatly improve mobility for commuters,” said Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham. “I can’t overstate how important public input is going to be in identifying solutions to our area’s traffic congestion issues, and your input will be vital in the success of this study. I am encouraging all Spring Hill residents, whether you use public transit or not, to attend one of these public meetings."

As part of the ongoing regional planning efforts, WeGo Public Transit (formerly known as 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.

The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) is one of nine development districts across the state. The GNRC serves as the primary forum for collaboration among mayors and county executives from 52 cities and 13 counties across Middle Tennessee. The Regional Council programming includes economic and community development, policy, regional research and data analysis, community planning, and aging and disability services. The Regional Council footprint includes Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson, and all incorporated municipalities and metropolitan governments located within these counties. The South Corridor only includes Davidson, Williamson and Maury counties. For more information, visit GNRC.org.

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