Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Public Works Director Mark Macy announced last summer plans to move forward with implementing the intersection improvement program that was proposed four years ago. Among those plans are Bell Road improvements.
The intersection improvement program was initiated to help improve both safety and mobility for all modes of transportation at some of the City’s most dangerous intersections. Crash data help identify the intersection to improve and prioritize.
Two intersection in Southeast Nashville were identified in the initial phase of the program, Bell Road at Mt View Road and Hobson Pike at Pin Hook Road.
Beginning Tuesday, January 31st, improvements will begin at the Bell Road and Mt View intersection. Stansell Electric will be onsite to install the needed electric infrastructure including new pedestrian signals and modifying the existing to traffic signal to include a second left turn lane. Once completed, Roy T Goodwin Contractors will be onsite to remove and relocate the pedestrian ramps sidewalks, add new sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and median infrastructure improvements.
The median on Mt View Road will be removed to make room for an additional left hand turn. The median situated along Bell Road will be modified to accommodate the second left hand turn from Mt View Rd. BAC Paving will resurface the area after construction. Curb Brothers will finish the project with the appropriate lane marking and restriping. Some of the landscape will be removed to accommodate the improvements. The project will be ADA compliant.
Construction will continue over the next four weeks. There will be intermittent lane closures. Detours and signage will be in place to notify travelers through this area. Please exercise caution as you drive through the area.
“This countywide intersection improvement program is not just about safety and mobility. It’s one piece of my administration’s push to improve Nashville’s overall quality of life,” said Mayor Barry. “Not only do intersection bottlenecks have the potential to harm our local economy, but the data we have on accidents that occur at these locations present us with an opportunity to make sure everyone can safely and efficiently access and travel our roads.”
Councilwoman Jacobia C. Dowell who represents the District 32 area said “I am excited about Mayor Barry’s decision to prioritize and implement the program. These small dollar but high benefit projects collectively play a large role in making our communities safer, minimizing congestion and creating the multimodality improvements needed in our communities. Bell Road is also a state highway and we had to coordinate with Tennessee Department Of Transportation to make these improvements. I will really appreciate the State working with us locally to make it happen.”