By ZACH HARMUTH
The Williamson County Commission this week gave the county mayor permission to pursue a corridor management agreement for Tennessee Route 6, which follows U.S. 31 through Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station and Franklin before becoming Franklin Pike.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation designed the plan, and sent it out to the county to take to the municipalities the route goes through.
It sets “forth obligations to develop and implement traffic management and operation for the State Route 6 corridor strategies to address congestion and safety.”
“This is a first step,” said Mayor Rogers Anderson.
The plan sets out the parameters for how governments along the route will work together, by providing a “framework” for Williamson County, Maury County, Franklin, Thompson’s Station, Spring Hill, Columbia, the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization and TDOT to follow.
Its sets the goals of: improving regional transportation for local residents, commuters and freight; controlling access and safety; multimodal options; coordination among municipalities, school systems and businesses; education of alternative routes; and improving streetscapes along the corridor.
The draft plan identifies four major tools that the signees will use:
- Access Management
- Traffic Management and Operations
- Land Use Planning
- Roadway Design and Capacity
If all parties adopt the draft plan, they will agree to “cooperate in the pursuit, adoption, and implementation of the strategies and actions” outlined using the above tools.
Access Management is “the relationship of adjacent land uses and activities to the corridor itself.”
It includes thing such as spacing standards, corner clearance standards, driveway design standards, wayfinding signage, and street network designs.
The next step in it will be to set standards along the corridor.
Traffic Management “encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at maintaining of improving the overall safety and efficiency of the corridor.”
It includes traffic signal timing, Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems applications, EMS technology, a Truck/Freight Plan, work zone management, bottleneck removal, and traffic impact studies, among other things.
The signees will develop a “process for coordinated traffic management … corridor wide.”
Land Use Planning “describes the location and type of places and activities along a corridor.”
It includes land use plans, zoning, including design overlays, subdivision regulation and an Urban Services plan.
The parties in the agreement will “consider accepting by resolution of their respected legislative bodies and planning commissions the findings and recommendations that come from the Corridor Management Agreement in the future.”
Roadway Design and Capacity: “design improvements enhance the safety and operation of the road, while capacity improvements allow more vehicles to travel on the road.”
Actions include roadway alignment, travel lane and shoulder widths, median, crosswalks, bike lanes, on-street parking, on and off ramp locations, travel lanes, and more.