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Traffic Concerns Underlie Mt. Juliet Growth

Posted at 10:05 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 23:23:49-04

The northern part of Mt. Juliet has been set for hundreds of new homes over the next few years, but some Mt. Juliet leaders have been warning about potential traffic problems that could come with all that growth.

Just last week, the Wilson County school board voted to put a new high school in north Mt. Juliet, not to mention all the homes that have been planned for the area.

Several hundred of those homes will end up at the new Nichols Vale development on Lebanon Road.

But with more homes and people slated to come in, Mt. Juliet Commissioner Ray Justice said he wants to make sure the city is ready for increased traffic issues -- like the ones that came up when the south side of Mt. Juliet expanded years ago.

Justice said the city has a "dream team" of planners in place to make sure traffic has been accounted for.

“I want to make sure we don't make the same mistakes twice as we grow on the north side of town,” Justice said. “I want it to be a more managed process than what we saw -- exponentially larger growth than what we expected in the south side of the city.”

City leaders said the 700 or 800 homes currently slated to be built in Mount Juliet have all been planned to be constructed in the next two to three years.