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Mt. Juliet OKs transportation plans

Xavier Smith • Oct 10, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Mt. Juliet commissioners took the first step Monday to adopt an updated transportation plan for the city, although changes could take place before plans are officially adopted.

The group approved the comprehensive transportation plan on first reading Monday and will likely make changes to the plan before the second reading in November.

The comprehensive plan is designed to address the city’s transportation needs and establish the goals and objectives to improve access and circulation. The plan will guide decision making for the future by recommending improvements for all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling and vehicles.

“This pretty comprehensive, and if this is a guideline that we could veer away from in certain areas, then I wouldn’t have near as much problem, but I don’t want this set in stone that we’re going to follow this step by step, because it’s not where it needs to be,” said Commissioner Ray Justice.

“One of the things that was in the workshop was that this is a guide,” said Commissioner Art Giles. “It’s something to look through and try to strive to.”

The plan analyzed crash areas, financing options and other areas. The core of implementing transportation recommendations is the development of partnerships that will allow Mt. Juliet to finance, design, build and maintain projects.

The plan categorized projects based on priority, with several characterized as “high” priority.

Sidewalks were identified as needs along Belinda Parkway from Stoner’s Creek to Mt. Juliet Road at a cost of $448,000; NW Rutland Road from Mt. Juliet Road to Hunting Hills Drive at a cost of $500,000; Pleasant Grove Road from Triple Crown Lane to Central Pike at a cost of $280,000; and Woodridge Place from N. Mt. Juliet Road to Golden Bear Gateway at a cost of $1.5 million.

Access management was identified as needs at Mt. Juliet Road from Providence Place to N.W. Rutland Road at a cost of $9.1 million; N. Mt. Juliet Road from W. Division Street to Lebanon Road at a cost of $1.9 million; and N. Mt. Juliet Road from N.W. Rutland Road to Division Street at a cost of $9.3 million.

The plan also highlights road widening, roadway median and intersection upgrade projects.

The comprehensive plan steering committee included elected officials, residents and city officials. The committee was made up of Tyler Chandler, Bill Robinson, Mark Hinesley, William Anderson, Art Giles, Mary Connelly, Pam Perry and Kelly Morgan.

 

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