Neighbors skeptical of neighborhood speed limit plan

Posted at 8:58 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 23:39:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper made news Tuesday by backing a plan to reduce the speed limit in most Nashville neighborhoods from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.

But neighbors on Hillhurst Drive -- north of East Nashville by the I-24/I-65 split -- say they don't think the change will make their streets any safer.

They say cars on their street can sometimes go faster than 50 miles per hour.

Neighbors say they've applied for Metro's traffic calming program, which could lead to speeding solutions like speed bumps, but they were passed up three different times, for neighborhoods that Metro deemed were more in need.

Wes McClurg, the Hillhurst neighborhood association president, says a speed limit change won't do much, since drivers seem to ignore the posted speed limit signs already.

"I don't believe so, and I think a lot of people in this neighborhood would stand with me," McClurg said. "I think something more effective would have to be in place, like a speed bump."

The plan to reduce speed limits would initially apply to communities in Nashville's Urban Services District, not to communities on the outskirts of Davidson county.