Where are your biggest traffic headaches in Nashville?

Posted at 8:29 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 21:29:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Mayor John Cooper has started a study looking for pain points at intersections around town, we wanted to know: How will this study help get things moving?

The Mayor's office says it has received complaints from all over town, but they pointed us to one spot in particular they say their study could fix.

In East Nashville, drivers turn left onto Gallatin Avenue from Eastland Avenue when the traffic light is green, but just a few feet away is West Eastland Ave, and that light is often red. That leads to a backup of cars into the Gallatin and Eastland intersection, and as that light turns back to red, cars are stuck in the middle.

"I can hardly tell you a corridor we haven't heard about, or an area of town we haven't heard about," said Faye DiMassimo, a senior transportation and infrastructure advisor for Mayor Cooper.

DiMassimo says the study will look at replacing physical elements of traffic signals, including the traffic detection systems at some intersections, which may get rid of some of the backup problems like those at Gallatin and Eastland.

The Mayor's office says their study will be complete by the end of Summer, then its up to the mayor and Metro Council to fund the solutions.