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Metro to Upgrade Ewing Drive Intersection

July 18, 2012

New pavement, addition of turning lanes designed to increase safety, reduce congestion for motorists in Richmond Hill Drive area

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Public Works (MPW) crews will start work tomorrow on a project to significantly improve the intersection of Ewing Drive and Richmond Hill Drive in northeast Davidson County.

 The project will widen the existing intersection to accommodate turning lanes for both directions of traffic on Ewing Drive, and also resurface portions of Richmond Hill Drive on either side of the intersection.

Traffic on Ewing Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the majority of the work, which is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks, weather permitting. In addition, next Tuesday, July 24th, the section of Ewing Drive between Richmond Hill Drive and the I-65 overpass will be closed to all but local traffic while new storm water cross drains are being installed at the intersection. On that day, traffic detours will be in place along Brick Church Pike and Dickerson Pike. (See attached maps for more details.)

Adding the turn lanes will improve safety for drivers and should significantly reduce congestion, according to MPW officials. Ewing Drive is a heavily used, two-lane roadway, and traffic backups are common whenever cars are waiting to turn into Richmond Hill Drive.

Also, the approximately $80,000 project represents a significant cost savings to Metro because MPW will be able to conduct the work within existing public right of way and without having to relocate area utilities.