Among Nashville's notoriously horrendous hotbeds of snarled traffic, affluent Green Hills ranks at the top of the list. Especially Hillsboro Pike, which is a key commute route that also runs by a high school, The Mall at Green Hills and several prominent developments, including a $125 million project featuring 310 apartments.
Now, an advocacy group that arose partly out of development-induced tension is planning a traffic summit that will involve Metro and state transportation officials. Almost 30,000 vehicles travel this part of Hillsboro Pike in the average day, according to state data. While that number has remained about the same over the years, other roads are getting worse. Traffic on Lone Oak Road, a half-mile from Hillsboro Pike, is at its highest level in a decade, and traffic on Abbott Martin Road — bordering the mall — is higher than ever recorded.
To frame that summit, planned for January, the Alliance for Green Hills first wants the public's input. The group is asking the public to take a 10-minute survey on that topic.
“We know people are frustrated with neighborhood traffic congestion and that they want to see a plan to improve traffic flow. Understanding area residents’ traffic use, their roadway experiences and the specific problems they encounter is an essential step in planning long-term solutions,” said Ed Cole, president of The Alliance for Green Hills. This is a topic in Cole's wheelhouse: He is a former executive with the state Department of Transportation, and the former chief of the nonprofit Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.