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City working to improve Nashville's worst intersections

Posted: Updated: Jun 01, 2016 06:34 PM
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Mayor Megan Barry promised to improve traffic. The first evidence of that a plan to spend millions improving 15 intersections in Nashville.

The 15 intersections were chosen based on crash data and judged by crashes, injuries and congestion.

"We are starting at 15 places but we are looking at 30 more and the list will continue to grow. What we want to do is just clean up some intersections," said Mark Macy, interim director of Metro Public Works.

Macy said many people think the only way to improve roads is to add lanes but that just isn't the case.

"It could be as simple as a turn lane, could be a bus stop, could be a crosswalk. Ped buttons, sidewalks all those things are in the box, box of tools so to speak," Macy said.

Driver Cass Jones believes congestion and unsafe driving are some of Nashville greatest issues.

"I'll go Bell Road or Old Hickory Boulevard, but it just stays congested lights to lights," Cass said.

Driver Rebekah Maccaro said sometimes she os scared to get behind the wheel.

"I am way more scared than I am going to get in a wreck, too," Maccaro said.

Macy said the city is confident the ongoing project will help offset the congestion, and possibly save lives.

Macy encouraged anyone who doesn't see a bad intersection on the list to call Public Works at 615-862-8750.

Scroll down for an interactive map of the 15 intersections:

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