Road Construction Causes Major Back Up On Busy Franklin Street
By Chris Cannon
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Friday night commute was delayed for thousands of people Friday as drivers continue to become familiar with construction on Mack Hatcher Parkway.
Cars started backing up for a long distances Thursday when the Tennessee Department of Transportation blocked several lanes at the intersections of Highway 96, and also at Liberty Pike as part of a two-year widening project on Mack Hatcher Parkway.
Drivers stuck in the traffic Friday night did not know what was causing the delay, and no one was happy to hear the construction could last between six and nine months.
"Nine months, that's a little too long. Don't you think? I mean for the amount of construction," said driver Patricia Reinbott.
TDOT has a plan in place to try and ease the traffic troubles in that area.
"We are going to try and improve traffic flow by revising traffic signals, the timing. And also we are not going to shut down those lanes at peak drive times, only between 9 and 3, avoiding the morning and afternoon rush hours," according to TODOT spokeswoman Beth Emmons.
This phase of the Mack Hatcher widening project just started, and is expected to get worse at the end of November.
"Traffic will probably go from bad to worse in the next six months. While they're widening these intersections they will have to take the left turn lanes and that is going to cause some headaches," Emmons said.
Emmons knows it can be difficult to avoid the area, but said if you can find an alternate route around the construction, you drive will be much easier.