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Meeting addresses Green Hills traffic woes

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Several hundred residents packed a meeting with area Metro Council members and staffers from the Metro Planning Commission to discuss traffic woes in Green Hills.

The planning commission staff came up with a long range transportation plan for the area two years ago, but there has been no action on it.

"That's part of the problem.  We have had lots of development since then," Metro Council member Carter Todd told News 2 referencing things like the mall's addition to accommodate Nordstrom, several massive residential structures and a planned 16-story multi-development at the busy intersection of Richard Jones and Hillsboro roads.

Until the 1970s, Green Hills was primarily residential and miles from an interstate with a small strip mall as the area's primary commercial area.

That changed as retailers recognized the growing affluence of the area in the 1980s with two department stores built at opposite ends of what was once the strip mall.

The new I-440 interchange a mile away made it easier for consumers to get to the mall area, but not around it.

Since then, as block after block became commercial, congestion grew each year as consumers clogged the few roads that lead to the mall.   
The long range plan conceived two years ago included some roundabouts and connecting some unaligned intersections now cut off by Hillsboro Road.

"My concern is that our little street will be the cut through streets over to Belmont Blvd. or getting off into that," resident Jessica Brown said.

One thing mentioned by Councilman Todd is changing the timing of Hillsboro's numerous traffic stops, but he's not sure how much of a difference that might make.

Monday night's meeting was held at the gymnasium at the Calvary United Methodist Church on Hillsboro Road.

Talk on traffic solutions will continue in early 2014.

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