New median along Nolensville Road causes confusion

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A new median along Nolensville Road and Vivelle Avenue in South Nashville is causing confusion among drivers.

News 2 was first alerted about this issue from a viewer email.

It’s confusion that sits in the middle of Nolensville Road, just north of Casa Azafran. 

“You can’t tell if it’s a crosswalk or a traffic hazard,” said Bonnie Malone.

“I’ve seen swerving, I see high-speed cars going through it – does raise some scare for it,” said Cory Speers.

According to Metro Public Works, that unknown is a new, unfinished median, part of the Envision Nolensville Project.

The project is set to make way for growth and address safety concerns of the busy, growing area.

“This whole stretch of Nolensville- there are few crosswalks you can see,” said Rochelle Carpenter, Co-Chair of Envision Nolensville Pike Collaborative. “The pedestrian refuge island is intended to make pedestrians more visible and give them actual physical shelter.”

But commuters and area residents told News 2 it’s just not clear.

Viewer photos sent into News 2 show safety cones knocked over, reflective markers bent.

“There’s no indication, there’s no markings,” said Malone.

According to Metro Police, in April and May of 2019, there were four reported crashes at the median – Three with property damage, one resulting in an injury.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Speers.

“No, no- I’m surprised there’s not more actually,” said Malone.

Public Works told News 2 it’s since installed additional reflective markers.

“I still think there’s more to be done,” said Carpenter. “These cars are still driving pretty quickly by. But it is a step and soon, there will be a traffic light, which will completely stop traffic.”

Drivers agree the project will make the area safer, but hope their concerns will speed up the process.

“It’s a long walk from one light to the other and so it is needed to get back and forth across the street. But it should be completed in a timely manner,” said Malone.

The median has been in place since around the beginning of 2019.

Public Works said crews will be installing the pedestrian signal this week or next.
 

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