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Busy Spring Hill Road Expected To Get Busier

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by Janet Kim

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - One midstate city has seen a lot of growth, and it's showing on the road.

With a new retail attraction moving into Spring Hill, city leaders predict it will only get worse.

While growth is welcome, city leaders want to make sure their infrastructure is in place to accommodate. Highway 31 is known to get pretty congested, but some are looking to Buckner Road as a solution.

Open in Spring Hill for about a year, Grecian Pizzeria knows it takes more than good food to bring in customers.

"I think from a business standpoint it's pretty positive, we always like traffic flow and car count," said Grecian Pizzeria Manager Jimmy Adamapoulos.

The main road he's talking about is Highway 31 that runs through the heart of Spring Hill.

"It's tight," said Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham. "It's bumper-to-bumper."

The already busy two-lane road will soon have a new resident, as construction on a WalMart store finishes up.

"It opens October 16 and after that date, we are concerned about what will happen to this road," said Graham.

It's why Graham is pushing the interstate interchange on Buckner Road, which has been a consideration for some time.

"We're going through the TDOT procedures through the MPO and RTA, and some of the steps that you go through we're well into that," said Graham. "We're just concerned that it's going to take too long."

While growing pains are predicted in the near future, for Grecian Pizzeria, it's the kind of pain that doesn't feel all that bad.

"Overall I think growth is a positive thing -- it's good for business," said Adamapoulos. "For the restaurant, I hope that it enables us to expand."

Spring Hill recently decided to subsidize the mass transit from Spring Hill to Nashville, at least for the next year. Supporters said it was one way to provide some relief to commuters.

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