What Does Road Construction in Nashville Mean for Motorists?

Car Accident Attorney Reminds Drivers to Watch for Work Zones

City engineers hope to shorten commute times and improve safety with a major traffic signal retiming on State Route 96 this summer. Familiarly known as Murfreesboro Road where it passes through Franklin, the route has gotten busier in recent years, especially after new building expansions and general surface improvements. But the stoplights keeping drivers safe as they navigate the mile-long route’s 14 intersections have not been upgraded to handle the increase in traffic since 2011.

The City of Franklin has earmarked around $60,000 in order to get a more accurate count of vehicles on SR96, which will in turn allow them to recalibrate its traffic signals and more efficiently accommodate current levels of traffic.

Obviously none of this will reduce the number of cars on the road, though the city certainly hopes to make the route faster and smoother. One thing drivers and motorcyclists can be sure of, however, is that road projects of this magnitude—such as this one, along with the recent widening of Interstate 65 access roads, the completion of several new and expanded car dealerships, and the Kroger’s relocation into the Alexander Plaza shopping center—will create ever-changing road conditions and occasionally difficult driving situations.

Safety Reminders During Summer Construction Season

There are going to be a lot of workers in orange vests out on the road this summer, and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep an eye out for them. Road and construction workers want to get through their day safe and sound just like the rest of us.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you protect yourself as well as those around you—both in other cars and out in the streets working to make our roads safer.

  • Watch Your Speed – Follow posted speed limits, even if they are temporarily lowered in and around construction zones. Slow down when you see posted signs around a construction zone. Be sure you are well past the work area before resuming normal speed.
  • Be Aware Of Your Surroundings – Keep a safe distance between your car and the one ahead of you—never follow too closely. If you are not sure what that means, here’s a hint: you should be able to see the bottoms of the tires on the vehicle in front of you. While traffic is moving, be sure to leave enough space by counting two seconds between the time the car in front of you passes an object and the time you pass the same object. You should also watch for traffic barriers and construction equipment as well.
  • Stay Calm –Be patient when moving through construction zones. Those reduced speed limits are in place for your safety, but also the safety of the men and women working in construction zones. Pay attention and avoid distractions, as workers may need to signal you when conditions change. Plan for additional time to arrive at your destination.

Remember that every other driver on the road has somewhere to be as well. By following these simple guidelines, you assure yourself that you will get through the traffic and on your way safely.

Contact our accident and injury lawyer in Nashville if you have been affected by road construction while driving. It is important that you speak with a lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed as soon as possible. For a free consultation, call our office at (615) 845-6141.


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