Finding relief to the traffic problems in Green Hills is one of the most challenging projects for the Metro Planning Department.
Another community discussion took place Wednesday in the wake of a newly released revised plan to address the issue.
"It's a very built-up area lot of congestion; a lot of traffic through there. It's also one of the most in-demand areas in the city in terms of development, so those are all factors that affect the situation," said Craig Owensby with the planning department.
An average 30,000 cars pass through the heart of Green Hills, down Hillsboro Pike, on any given day, with the busiest areas being around the mall.
One of the proposals in the revised plan is to extend Abbott Martin, which runs just south of the mall, across Hillsboro Pike. The road extension would curve by Fox's Donut Den, through the current parking lot of Hillsboro High School, and connect to Hillmont Drive behind the school.
Owensby says either you can reduce the number of cars that come through the area, or provide alternate routes.
"That whole area is built on the old style layout of curved roads—a lot of cul-de-sacs, which makes it tough to get travel through there, but if some more streets are built and it's more of a grid, you have a lot better traffic flow," he explained.
The plan has been whittled down from 132 pages in 2011 to just 69 pages now.
And what was left out of the latest version was a proposed interchange from Interstate 440 onto Granny White, a huge deal for residents in the area.
Many have signs in their yards that read "No Exit Granny White." They remain even though the proposal was cut from the latest plans.
"I think we won. We're very proud of that, proud of the young neighbors that have gone to bat for it," said Patti Gregory, who lives near I-440.
The whole area is still a work in progress, but the main hope is to make Green Hills much more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, ultimately cutting down on all the traffic.
To read about the entire community plan for Green Hills, visit Nashville.gov.
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