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TDOT Studying How Ease Fix Vietnam Vets Traffic

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by Adam Ghassemi

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. Ask nearly anyone who drives it. Vietnam Veterans Boulevard can be maddening, especially when more than 60,000 drivers try to get to and from work at the same time.

"I just try and breathe. Just concentrate on breathing," one driver joked Friday.

Kayla Sinyard knows driving from Hendersonville to Nashville and back every day is all about timing.

"It's just ridiculous to get up that early," Sinyard said. "Typically I have to be at work around eight and if I'm not on Vietnam Vets by 6:45 I'm late for work."

Sumner County's population is up roughly 30% since 2000. The Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) estimates by the year 2035 traffic on Vietnam Veterans could hit 90,000 per day.

TDOT's traffic engineers will be monitoring morning and evening rush hours commutes during the coming weeks. They'll focus on westbound ramps between Center Point Road and Conference Drive as well as eastbound ramps between New Shackle Island Road and Indian Lake Boulevard.

The idea is instead of just widening the highway they may make the off-ramps larger.

"Any time you have vehicles that are trying get onto the roadway and they back up and create a queue that's a situation that we want to eliminate," said spokesperson Deanna Lambert.

TODOT officials hope they can ease commutes knowing as the midstate keeps growing the problem is only going to get worse.

"Anything at this point that would potentially help I would totally be a go for," Sinyard went on to say.

MPO conducted a 2010 study that recommended Bus Rapid Transit between Nashville and Gallatin as well as light rail or trains, but investment on the front end for all those options is expensive.

TDOT officials said their off-ramp study should be finished by December.

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