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Clarksville Mayor's Budget Addresses Traffic Congestion

Posted at 8:08 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 23:54:06-04

Nashville isn't the only city dealing with traffic congestion. Clarksville is as well, but before the problem gets worse, the Mayor is proposing a multi-million-dollar budget to tackle the problem head on.

Mayor Kim McMillan is hoping city council approves her 2019 budget to get a head-start on expanding city roadways.

"Wilma Rudolph Blvd is extremely congested and we need to figure out ways where we can relieve that," said Mayor Kim McMillan, City of Clarksville.

Mayor McMillan is hoping to build a new city roadway called the North East Connector.

The two major city thoroughfares will connect at exit 4 by the hospital and at exit 8. The other thoroughfare will connect at exit 1 and 4.

Residents say the area is so congested, many people try to avoid it all together.

"I avoid it. I go during the week, if I have to go during the weekend, god I'd take on 10 or 15 more minutes," said one Clarksville resident.

The proposed budget asks for nearly $15 million to go towards city road construction.

A proposed budget the Mayor is hoping city council will approve.