Green Hills residents fed up with traffic congestion - WSMV News 4

Green Hills residents fed up with traffic congestion

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Green Hills has seen massive growth since 2013. (WSMV) Green Hills has seen massive growth since 2013. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of Nashville’s most exclusive neighborhoods is seeing rapid growth, and with that comes lots of traffic.

Many people in the elite neighborhood of Green Hills are fed up with the traffic that’s been building for the last few years now.

Green Hills has seen massive growth since 2013 once home prices started bouncing back after the recession.

Like many areas of Nashville, Green Hills is now seeing one house come down and two or three go up in its place to cater to the massive influx of people moving to the area, but with growth and development comes more people and more cars.

"Before it took me three minutes, now it takes 10 minutes. Just the traffic and sitting through green lights," said Green Hills resident Sunny Stephens.

Stephens has lived in Green Hills for 15 years and says her drive time has changed significantly, whether she's just running an errand down the street or trying to get to downtown to meet clients for her job.

"I don’t take Hillsboro unless I have to," Stephens said.

She says the congestion on Hillsboro Pike is so bad that she cuts through neighborhoods and back roads to avoid it, which is a longer distance but times out being faster because she’s not sitting in standstill traffic.

She’s like many others in the area, including Hailey Vankeuren, who says the traffic drives her so crazy she’s moving to another part of town just to avoid being in her car for hours a day.

"I’m not looking forward to going through there every day. So much so that I’m moving to Bellevue," Vankeuren said.

Vankeuren says new construction, including the new development off Hillsboro Pike and Richard Jones Road, will bring in too much traffic. This includes not just the people who will live in the high-rise condos but also more shoppers who will come for the new restaurants and retail.

"I love the convenience of Whole Foods and Trader Joes - they don’t have that in Bellevue - but the traffic is so terrible and they’re going to make it worse," she said.

COMING UP TONIGHT AT 6: Melanie Layden will sit down with Southern Land Company, the developer of the new project. They say that traffic wouldn’t be an issue if people started doing one thing, and they’re voluntarily making it easier for people to do it. You’ll find out what that is and why Metro Public Works is letting these developers keep building in heavily traveled areas.

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