On The Rise: Changes coming to rock quarry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - Residents could soon see changes to a rock quarry in West Nashville. Right now approximately 1,000 trucks go up and down Robertson Avenue every day. An official with Rogers group said they plan on building an industrial access road to Cockrill Bend Blvd. away from the residential area. 

Residents like Johnnie Sue Talley are used to dust and blasting.

Talley said, "Lots of dust. We have to dust almost every day."

She's lived near the rock quarry for over 50 years. 

Talley said, "We feel the blasting, cracks in the house, that kind of thing."

The rock quarry is located in an area that has seen tremendous growth. The quarry has been here for decades, forcing the neighborhood grow up around it. A Metro Council member said she's been trying to help residents with this issue for years. 

Mary Carolyn Roberts said, "First time I actually  brought up the word bridge I was at public works and they said that’s about a $12-million dollar ask and it’s not likely it’s going to happen." 

Roberts went to the company directly and they're working on getting zoning approval.

Roberts said, "I do know when your rock is free it does get a little cheaper, but still the Rogers Group is giving us a big gift." 

Rogers Group Vice President Bryan Ledford said they plan on moving the quarry underground next to the current location at the old prison site.

Ledford said, "It's kind of like building an underground parking garage and it's much less detectable to everybody around."

They may also build a bridge to Cockrill Bend Blvd. which would connect to Briley Parkway. 

Ledford said, "The neighbors want the trucks away from their homes and so our commitment is to do that very quickly." 

Ledford said they also plan on adding a tree line to make the site more cosmetically appealing. 

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