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City of Clarksville moving forward with Whitfield Road Project
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 10:02 am In News | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville of Clarksville Street Department reports community reaction to conceptual plans for improving Whitfield Road have been mostly positive.
In response, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts has asked the City Council to approve funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget for money to keep the project moving forward.
The proposals call for Whitfield Road to be widened and improved near the 101st Airborne Division Parkway, Needmore Road and Glen Ellen Elementary School.
Whitfield would be widened from Tracy Lane to north of Needmore Road, and the intersections at Whitfield and the 101st Airborne Division Parkway, and at Whitfield Road and Needmore Road, would be widened and improved.
The preliminary plans also call for the improved Whitfield-Needmore intersection to feature a roundabout design.
The total Whitfield Road project is expected to cost $15.85 million, of which $500,000 was budgeted last year for preliminary design. In his FY20 budget, Mayor Pitts is requesting a total of $2.85 million for the project — $500,000 for engineering and design and $2.25 million for right of way acquisition.
The City Council is completing deliberations on the FY20 budget in coming weeks, and is expected to vote on a final budget June 20th. Another $13 million will be requested next year, in the FY21 budget, to fund construction to complete the Whitfield Road project.
“The area around this stretch of roadway continues to grow, with a school, a supermarket and churches, as well as a good number of new homes, so this is a much-needed improvement,” Mayor Pitts said. “We want to hurry up and get this project designed and built.”
Materials prepared by HDR, the project consultants, and the Clarksville Street Department — first shown at a public meeting April 3rd — can be viewed online. Public comments were received at the meeting and for 30 days afterward using an online survey.
The Street Department and HDR presented a summary of those comments to Mayor Joe Pitts on May 24th.
Citizens also were asked to choose two “Most Important Factors” for improving the Whitfield-Needmore corridor. “Faster Travel” and “Environmentally Friendly” each received 53 votes, while “Easy to Navigate” received 43 votes. “Pedestrian Friendly” received 19 votes.
However, not all respondents were in favor of the roundabout. Six comments expressed concern over “confusion,” while seven respondents said they preferred a traditional traffic signal option.
When asked what other features they would like included in the project, 43 respondents favored a 10-foot “Multi-Use Path,” 41 favored “Lighting,” and 30 said they favored a “Roundabout.”
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