Work is now underway to make Harding Place safer for pedestrians.
The Harding Place Sidewalk and Pedestrian Enhancement Project is moving forward and crews are expected to break ground on Phase I this week.
For years, folks feared for their safety while walking along the busy road because many say it is narrow and sidewalks are non-existent.
A number of serious accidents have occurred along the road, including the death of a father of three who was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene in 2012.
A year before the tragedy, city and state officials announced a plan to build sidewalks; however, the plans went untouched until this week.
One of the early construction tasks includes a large outcropping of rock that will be hammered out. All rock excavation will be completed during daytime hours.
This project is being managed locally by Metro Public Works and is funded through a federal transportation enhancement grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The project involves the construction of sidewalks and other pedestrian enhancements along the south side of Harding Place in three phases between Timberhill Drive and I-24, and will provide pedestrians a safer way to walk from their homes to retail shops, restaurants and transit, as well as to church and school.
The three construction phases are as follows:
Phase I: Timberhill Drive to Danby Drive
Phase II: Nolensville Pike to I-24
Phase III: Danby Drive to Nolensville Pike
Intermittent lane closures should be expected in the outside eastbound lane throughout the duration of construction.
Metro Public Works will monitor traffic conditions throughout the construction to ensure the least disruption.
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