More open houses scheduled for citizens to participate in South Corridor Study


More open houses scheduled for citizens to participate in South Corridor Study

STAFF REPORTS

Another round of open houses has been scheduled for citizens to engage and learn more about the South Corridor Transportation Study, which was launched earlier this year to help improve transportation options along the 35-mile corridor between downtown Nashville and southward through Williamson County and to Maury County.

In the months since open houses were last held in late April and early May, the project team has been compiling data, analyzing existing conditions and future trends, bringing awareness to the study and summarizing input received from participants.

Most recently, Doug Delaney, senior supervising planner for the consulting firm WSP Nashville, and Michelle Lacewell, deputy director for the Greater Nashville Regional Council, presented an update on the study to a roomful of government and community leaders and citizens at a Franklin Tomorrow FrankTalks lecture. The team also presented at the Aug. 13 work session for the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Citizens are invited to participate in the next round of open house sessions from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at each of these locations:

  • Monday, Aug. 26 — Development Services Center Conference Room, First Floor, Metro Office Building, 800 Second Ave. South, Nashville
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 — Brookdale Senior Living, 910 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 — Memorial Building, 308 W Seventh St., Columbia

In addition, the project team announced that new interactive tools are coming soon to help better understand the challenges throughout the corridor and opportunities for future investments. These tools will provide members of the public a way to engage in the process without having to attend a meeting in person.

Residents are encouraged to visit one of the project’s drop-in centers, which are open to the public during regular business hours, to ask questions, obtain study materials and provide comments:

  • Brentwood Library: 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      Sunday 1pm to 6pm
  • Williamson County Library: 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Sunday 1pm to 5:30pm
  • Maury County Library: 211 W. Eighth St., Columbia
    • Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Closed Sunday
  • Sevier Park Community Center: 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
      Closed Sunday

During the past year, the GNRC, WeGo Public Transit and The Tennessee Department of Transportation have been meeting with city and community leaders in Williamson County and Maury County to determine what the South Corridor Study would look like.

The study has been engaging 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 Interstate 65, U.S. Highway 31/State Route 6 (Franklin Road), and the CSX railway.  The corridor includes rapidly developing neighborhoods like Cool Springs, Nashville’s Wedgwood Houston, The Gulch and others.

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