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Brentwood and Nashville May Sync Traffic Signals

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by Chris Conte

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Hoping to alleviate major traffic headaches along Old Hickory Boulevard in both Nashville and Brentwood, officials announced plans Monday to synchronize traffic signals in the heavily traveled area.

"It's a mess, between the schools getting out and people getting on and off I-65 it can just take forever," said Robin Cohen who lives just off of Granny White Pike.

According to experts and officials, the problem was volume. So many people have moved into the area over the last 15 years that Old Hickory Boulevard, Franklin Pike and Maryland Way are simply overwhelmed.

"I get so frustrated with that stupid road all the time," Cohen added.

Both Nashville and Brentwood were looking at a plan which would synchronize 28 traffic lights in hopes of keeping traffic from constantly coming to a halt.

"We've never actually gotten together (with Nashville) and looked at the whole area regardless of jurisdictional boundaries to plan and coordinate signals and traffic as if they were in one city," explained Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar.

To determine how best to sync up the lights, both cities have entered into a $382,000 traffic study, 80-percent of which is federal funded. 

"We kind of came together and both figured out that this was a good chance to get some federal money," Bednar said.

Officials said they hope they can have the lights along Old Hickory Boulevard, Maryland Way and Franklin Pike synchronized within the next 18 months.

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