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Stoplight denied on Washington
A stop light is not necessary on Washington Street in front of Lowe's Foods, Department of Transportation officials told the Town of Nashville recently.

DOT began a survey in September to determine whether a stop light was warranted. Town Manager Preston Mitchell told council members last Tuesday night that the DOT had completed the survey and found that a light was not needed.

"They have informed us that their calculations show no need at the present for a stop light," Mitchell said at the meeting. "However, we intend to continue working with them on other items as far as traffic control."

Tom Betts, who represents the fourth highway division on the Board of Transportation, said there are several items looked at to warrant a stop light. "This area just did not meet those warrants," Betts said.

Area businesses located along that strip disagree. Tim Freeman, of Freeman's TV and Appliance, said traffic coming out of Wheeless Drive and the Lowe's Food parking lot is unreal. "There is definitely, 100%, a need for a stoplight, either coming out of Wheeless Drive or Lowe's Food."

Freeman said that people use his parking lot to try and beat the stoplight, which poses a danger to his customers and employees. Freeman added he had to install a speed hump to slow people down. "Evidently they didn't sit in my parking lot," Freeman said of DOT officials doing the study.

Nicole Batt, Manager of Hampton Village, said she is worried about someone getting hit there. "I know at certain times it's harder to get out of there than others," Batt said of the traffic. ""It's just so hard right there at 5 o'clock. I'm so afraid someone is going to get hit sometime."

Batt said she wasn't sure what else would help alleviate the traffic in that area but something was needed. "I don't know what else you could do," she said. "It's a hard call."

Betts said there are many other solutions to fix a congested area, including rumble strips, turn lanes and many other options. He added that DOT would work with the Town of Nashville to make sure a remedy was found.

"There's just any number of remedies that we will be happy to assist the town in to make this a little safer situation," Betts said. "A light's just one solution of many. The lights are out but there are many things that are in."

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