With unprecedented growth comes a downside: traffic. I wish I could say I was surprised when I heard that our great city was home to 3 of the 50 worst bottlenecks in the nation. Well, actually the “in the nation” part did shock me a little bit. My next thought was that I should share this tidbit on our blog for clients visiting Nashville to tour homes. A little awareness and planning can perhaps alleviate the stress of potential gridlock.
Those bottlenecks are:
- Interstate 24/Interstate 440 North
- Interstate 65 at Interstate 24
- Interstate 40 at Interstate 65 East
The average speed at those intersections is around 34 mph. The report comes from the American Transportation Research Institute. Staff used GPS data from 600,000 tractor-trailers. These three Nashville locations have jumped up between 5 and 15 spots from the year before proving things are getting worse with our growing population. Researchers are hoping that these statistics spur action from local and state leaders.
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is well aware of our congestion problem and Governor Bill Haslam is working on details for a transportation plan (and funding) to support improvement.
There is a bright side– we are not Atlanta… yet…