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City Seeks Feedback On Downtown Traffic

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by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Public Works is seeking feedback from Nashvillians to solve the growing traffic problem in downtown.

The department's Multimodal Mobility Study is underway, and aims to find a solution to parking, traffic flow and pedestrian challenges. 

It has been 10 years since the department has studied traffic patterns in downtown.  Officials said a lot has changed.

"We're trying to find a balance of how we allocate our right of way for public use," said Jonathan Cleghon, Public Works Transportation Engineer. "We have to consider automobiles, pedestrians, bicycles, and transit."

An open house was held Thursday at the Music City Center where residents could offer suggestions.

"We want to hear from people," said Cleghon.  "Their opinions mean a lot."

At Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant on Church Street, talk often centers around traffic and parking in downtown.

"It's hectic, especially during rush hour," said Ben Rodriguez, Bar Manager at Puckett's. "People have to park 2, 3, 4 blocks out of the way, and it can get kind of crazy."

Rodriguez agrees something needs to be done to alleviate the growing traffic congestion that comes with a growing city.

"I've seen in a lot of cities where they change light patterns and it can really help," said Rodriguez.  "At certain times of days they could also use traffic cops."

Officials with Metro Public works hope the feedback keeps coming. Two more public meetings will be held as part of the Multimodal Mobility Study.  The public is also invited to take part in an online survey at any point.  The final results from all the data will be presented in April of 2014.

The survey can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Multimodal_Mobility_Study.    

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