Harding Place pedestrian enhancement project moves forward - WKRN News 2

Harding Place pedestrian enhancement project moves forward

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Work is now underway to make Harding Place safer for pedestrians.

The Harding Place Sidewalk and Pedestrian Enhancement Project is moving forward and crews are expected to break ground on Phase I this week.  

For years, folks feared for their safety while walking along the busy road because many say it is narrow and sidewalks are non-existent.  

A number of serious accidents have occurred along the road, including the death of a father of three who was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene in 2012.

A year before the tragedy, city and state officials announced a plan to build sidewalks; however, the plans went untouched until this week.
     
One of the early construction tasks includes a large outcropping of rock that will be hammered out.  All rock excavation will be completed during daytime hours.  

This project is being managed locally by Metro Public Works and is funded through a federal transportation enhancement grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.   

The project involves the construction of sidewalks and other pedestrian enhancements along the south side of Harding Place in three phases between Timberhill Drive and I-24, and will provide pedestrians a safer way to walk from their homes to retail shops, restaurants and transit, as well as to church and school. 

The three construction phases are as follows: 

Phase I:  Timberhill Drive to Danby Drive

  • 3,200 linear feet of sidewalk
  • Project includes curb and gutter, pedestrian crosswalks and signals
  • Construction cost estimate is $1.3 million with .8 million in federal funding
  • Anticipated completion by fall 2014

Phase II:  Nolensville Pike to I-24

  • 7,600 linear feet of sidewalk
  • Project includes construction of new sidewalk, curb and gutter, pedestrian crosswalks, pedestrian signals and a pedestrian bridge over Seven Mile Creek
  • Construction cost estimate is $4 million with $1.9 million in TDOT Enhancement Grant funding  
  • Project is in the Right-of-way phase - acquiring property and property settlements
  • Construction is anticipated to begin summer 2014
  • Anticipated completion by fall 2015

Phase III:  Danby Drive to Nolensville Pike

  • 5,800 linear feet of sidewalk
  • Project includes construction of new sidewalk, curb and gutter, pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian signals
  • TDOT Enhancement Grant recently awarded for $5.9M
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017

Intermittent lane closures should be expected in the outside eastbound lane throughout the duration of construction.

Metro Public Works will monitor traffic conditions throughout the construction to ensure the least disruption.

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