Safety causes concern at east Nashville intersection - WKRN News 2

Safety causes concern at east Nashville intersection

Posted: Updated: March 31, 2013 10:43 PM

Some east Nashville residents are asking for help making an intersection near their business more safe.

Josh Powell and his wife own the Eat Well Market at the corner of Riverside Drive and Rosebank Avenue.

"It's a very strange intersection," said Powell. You have five roads coming into a small, congested area."

There's a median between the north and southbound lanes of Riverside Drive. And there are "stop" and "yield" signs for motorists on Rosebank Avenue at the corner.

Powell says the intersection has been the site of at least 10 vehicle collisions since they opened the business a year ago, including one serious crash on Saturday.

"We're just afraid that someday there will be a wreck that's much worse than the ones we've seen," Powell said.

Metro Councilman Peter Westerholm (Dist. 6) says a traffic study is currently under way on Riverside Drive at that intersection.

Westerholm says with the rapid growth and changes East Nashville is seeing, changes will need to be made to accommodate more pedestrians and bicyclists.

"There's a lot of things we could do in the near term I think," said Westerholm. "Then I think the traffic study will allow us to figure out the best solution moving forward for the long term."

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