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Neighbors frustrated over 'constant' speeding on East Nashville street

Posted at 6:12 AM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 07:12:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — People in living in an East Nashville neighborhood say speeding drivers have been a persistent problem for years, but nothing has been done to slow them down.

Kimberly George said on Friday she was letting her dog out in her front yard when two drivers blew by her house. She estimated the cars were going at least three times the 20 mph speed limit.

"By the time i realized what was happening, both had passed," George said. "You heard the sound and I saw the cars almost at the same time, so it was strange to have them going faster than I've ever seen."

But George said that even though those cars were faster than usual, speeding cars are the norm on Hutson Avenue in East Nashville.

"This is not unusual," George said.

George says speeding drivers using East Nashville's Hutson Avenue as a cut-through have caused problems for years, including an incident last year when a speeding driver hit and killed a neighbor's dog.

"It's like a constant fear basically," George said, later adding that she's afraid to go on walks along the narrow street because of the cars.

Neighbors have applied for Nashville's traffic calming program, but with dozens of other neighborhoods also vying for speedbumps, roundabouts - even zig-zagging lines - Hutson Avenue was left out.

"It just kind of felt like spinning wheels, like it wasn't going to go anywhere," George said of the process. "It just kind of made me stop wanting to care really."

After Friday's incident, George said she looking into requesting speed monitor trailer through Metro, but was told the wait was three to four months.