WHAT’S UP WITH THAT: Concord Road parking lot


By SUSAN LEATHERS
Brentwood Home Page
East Brentwood reader Pam Stafford contacted our “What’s Up with That” desk recently to get an updated on Concord Road traffic. “After a year of road construction, when can Brentwood residents expect to see some sort of relief during the morning rush hour on Concord Road?” asks Pam.

By SUSAN LEATHERS
Brentwood Home Page
East Brentwood reader Pam Stafford contacted our “What’s Up with That” desk recently to get an updated on Concord Road traffic.

“After a year of road construction, when can Brentwood residents expect to see some sort of relief during the morning rush hour on Concord Road?” asks Pam, who takes her son to Ravenwood High School during the week. She says she sees gridlock “each and every morning when I travel during the 7 to 7:30 a.m. timeframe.” And she’s not alone. She adds it took her husband 25 minutes to make it from Sunset Road to I-65 on a recent morning.

“Just based on our experience, this isn’t much of an improvement after dodging construction barrels and two-lane traffic for a year. … Is it a traffic light issue?  Perhaps they need to be synchronized?”

For answers, we went to Assistant City Manager Kirk Bednar first. He had good news and bad to share. Unfortunately, the volume of traffic – that has grown considerably in recent years with development of new neighborhoods in east Brentwood and the Nolensville, south Nashville area – is the biggest culprit, he says.

“There is always going to be traffic on Concord Road during the morning and evening rush-hour periods,” Bednar says. But now for the good news: “We are making improvements to improve safety and flow (i.e. turn lanes) that should allow for improved commuting times,” he said.  

We also checked in with Jackie Hunter, construction manager for the Concord Road Extension Project that has snarled traffic between Sunset Road and Edmondson Pike for the past two years, to get a final progress report.

“The project still has a few items that need to be done before we can call it quits,” he says. Paving the bike/walk paths and several driveway entrances top the list. With a break in the weather, that work should be complete soon.

Other items on the punch list include replacing sod in some places to correct problems; planting a few more trees in specific area; and some final clean-up/dress-up work.

“TDOT will make a final inspection and determine if anything else needs to be done,” Hunter says. “Once these are accomplished then we can say the project is complete.”

And finally, at Monday’s Fiscal Year 2012 City Budget work session, City Manager Mike Walker reviewed the FY 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan. He said right of way acquisition for Phase II of the Concord Road Expansion Project — from Sunset Road east to the city limits — should be complete this spring. TDOT could possibly bid the project late this year.

A public design meeting will be scheduled this spring for input on the city-financed improvement to Concord between Brentmeade and Foxboro subdivisions. Right of way for that project will begin in the fall with construction hopefully starting in 2012.

So Pam – and everyone else who uses Concord during rush hours – the best advice we can offer today is to give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going — and to keep a smile on your face. It won’t make you get where you’re going any faster, but it might make you feel a little better about the drive.

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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