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Metro Officials Push To Widen Stewarts Ferry Pike

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by Marcus Washington

NASVHILLE, Tenn. – A metro councilman is looking at ways to widen what he says police call one of the most dangerous roadways in Davidson County.

Chuck Sherrill has lived on Stewarts Ferry Pike for years and says he's seen his share of problems on this two-lane road.

"A few times they've almost taken our mailbox down and there are a few times instead of hitting the mailbox, they just come through our yard, making a U-turn in our yard," said Sherrill.

Addressing the issue at hand, Metro council member Stanley Bruce of District 14 is hosting a community meeting along with Metro Police, Metro Public Works and TVA at the Hermitage precinct. 

His hope is to bring more attention to the 1,261 (2000-2010) accidents that have happened in this one-mile stretch of road.

While the problem here has been identified, a solution is going to take more time. 

Widening this portion of Stewarts Ferry Pike from two lanes to five lanes is projected to cost between $12 - $15 million.

"Currently there is no money, it's going to be up to the councilmen or public works or the mayor," said Stanley.

That's why Bruce is hoping Monday's meeting will rally supporters to make the project, that's been part of the Capital Improvement Budget for years, a priority.

"Even if they just make it three lanes with a turning lane, that would help a lot, but four or five lanes, that would be a whole lot better," said Sherrill.

"Yeah, I'd like to see it go up to five lanes, but I am willing to look and restrict it to three lanes," said Bruce.

If money is made available for the widening, the earliest projected time for construction is 2016.

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