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Application period for Nashville's 'traffic calming program' ends this week

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Posted at 6:19 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 08:07:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The window for neighborhoods to apply for traffic calming programs closes on Friday, and Metro Public Works officials say 2020 brought more attention to some traffic issues.

Twice a year neighborhoods can apply for things that slow down residential drivers, like roundabouts or speed humps.

"I definitely think this is one of the most popular programs we have," Public Works Engineer Derek Hagerty said.

The first 2021 application period ends on Friday, and Hagerty said the projects have gotten even more attention in the last year.

"With more people being home over the past year, with more people walking through their neighborhoods, we think a lot of residents are definitely seeing speeding in their neighborhoods more just because they're around more," he said. "Demand does not seem to be slowing down."

Neighborhoods can learn more or apply for the program on the Nashville Public Works website.

The application period comes as Metro Leaders are debating a bigger, Metro-wide measure of their own. Next week, the Metro Council is scheduled to have its final vote on a bill that would change residential speed limits from 30 miles an hour to 25. Public Works engineers said if it passes, the bill would also change future traffic calming projects.