The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro announced Tuesday plans for major improvements along Hillsboro Road in the heart of Green Hills.
Beginning next month, TDOT will begin a resurfacing project on Hillsboro Road from Interstate 440 to Harding Place. The project will also include the addition of a center turn lane on Hillsboro Road stretching from Sharondale Drive to Crestmoor Road.
Sean McGuire, who represents the area on Metro Council, called the turn lane addition a necessary first step to coming up with final solutions for the Green Hills traffic problems.
“It’s going to provide enormous relief for traffic congestion, but it’s not going to be a solution to all traffic problems,” McGuire said.
TDOT will also make improvements to bus stops and pedestrian crosswalks on Hillsboro Road.
“I believe this turn lane will have a very positive impact on drivers’ ability to travel through Green Hills with fewer delays,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
The TDOT project will not require the purchase of any easements, McGuire said.
Throughout the development of this project, TDOT has worked closely with a resource team comprised of Green Hills residents and business owners, as well as several Metro Nashville agencies, the Green Hills Action Partners, and the Chamber of Commerce West Area Business Council. All of the parties have been given opportunities to have input on the project, express concerns, and offer solutions to traffic issues along the corridor.
“That group will continue to work together to look for solutions,” McGuire said.
TDOT will open bids on the Hillsboro Road project on June 12. The project could begin as early as mid-June. Work to add the center turn lane will begin first and will require lane closures over four weekends. The resurfacing work will be done during the evening and overnight hours. The entire project is expected to be complete by October 2009.