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Letter to the Editor: Monday traffic congestion proves need for four-lane Mack Hatcher expansion

To the editor:
Sometimes money isn’t the only thing that we need to consider when it comes to infrastructure improvements.
Inconvenience of the taxpayers who drive on local roads should also be high on the list of considerations. This week has been a prime example of why we don’t want to shortcut the planned improvements -- specifically the Mack Hatcher Extension.
This is an open letter to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Williamson County Commissioners who are tasked with improving roadways in the city and in Williamson County.
On Monday the area experienced the worst of the worst regarding everyday travel in and around our county seat.
A morning tractor-trailer wreck closed I65 South for most of the day. Traffic was rerouted through heavily traveled areas in the Route 96 and Goose Creek Bypass locations. Then to top it off, another wreck occurred just north of the original accident.
It made for even more traffic congestion in the busy Big Box commercial and corporate office sector of Franklin. At 1 p.m. an accident occurred in the middle of the Mack Hatcher construction zone near Franklin Road. Traffic backed up onto an already bogged down Cool Spring Boulevard.
To top all that off, filming of one of the nation’s most popular television shows was being conducted in our commerical zone on Main Street. Motorists who drive these roads daily and those who were visiting found themselves in gridlock.
While I realize that wrecks will happen and that they are beyond the scope when considering construction projects, more people in the city/county equates to more possible wrecks. Please, please, please consider not approving the minimumwhen it comes to infrastructure. 
Let’s plan for growth and not react to it. After driving around on Monday, I would strongly encourage you to approve the four lanes and not two for the Mack Hatcher Extension. Our current roads proved this week that a four-lane Bypass is needed.

Donna O’Neil
Franklin, Tenn.

Posted on: 2/13/2014


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