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Organizations working to improve Green Hills traffic

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The last weekend before Christmas meant last-minute shoppers were out in full force all across Middle Tennessee. 

More shoppers also meant more traffic.

A spot in Nashville that consistently sees traffic congestion even after the holidays is the Mall at Green Hills.

"It's a real traffic nightmare," said Ed Cole, president of Alliance for Green Hills.

Alliance for Green Hills is an organization working to improve the area. One item on the group's to-do list is to improve traffic on Hillsboro Road.

"Number one is how can we more efficiently move the traffic," Cole said.

Cole said some of those plans include realigning intersections and stop lights. 

The most effective idea he said is to make more room for pedestrians in the mall area. 

"So if you park in one place, and you are quite happy to walk a little ways, that there is a safe and direct way," said Cole. 

One way to do this Cole said is with a promenade, which is a pedestrian walkway that would connect the mall and the Hill Center. 

Cole said this would allow shoppers to walk from store to store instead of having to move their car each time. 

"The distances are really not as a great. They feel long because we sit in our car so long," said Cole. 

Alliance for Green Hills is working with TURBO Nashville on this possible proposal hoping to get grant money to further explore the option. 

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