The preliminary results of a traffic study for the Cool Springs area was presented to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its May 26 work session, identifying potential areas for future improvement to roadways to combat traffic congestion.
The Cool Springs Transportation Network Study, approved in 2019 and conducted by KCI Technologies, has finished taking inventory of the traffic conditions of 65 intersections in the Cool Springs area in between Moores Lane and Murfreesboro Road.
According to Beth Ostrowski, a senior project manager with KCI, the study has looked at traffic flow through the intersections throughout the day, with traffic congestion peaks from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., and each of the intersections has been given grades by the organization based on how well traffic flows. Data for the study was gathered using a mixture of modeling software, drone footage and teams driving the roads throughout the day.
“Essentially we had two teams out driving the corridors and taking note of what we observed during those time periods,” Ostrowski said.
Intersections assigned the grade E, the second lowest grade given by the study, for the peak morning hours were identified at Carothers Parkway and Cool Springs Boulevard, McEwen Drive and Cool Springs Boulevard and Murfreesboro Road and I-65.
For midday results, the traffic study assigned the intersections of Moores Lane and Galleria Boulevard and Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory Lane with an E grade, while the intersection of Murfreesboro and I-65 was given an F grade, the lowest grade possible.
Evening results showed even more problem areas in Cool Springs, with the intersections of Cool Springs Boulevard and Carothers, Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory, Moores and Galleria, McEwen and Carothers, and Murfreesboro and Royal Oaks Boulevard receiving an E grade. Intersections assigned an F grade during the evening traffic peak include Moores and Galleria, McEwen and I-65, and Murfreesboro and I-65.
According to Ostrowski, data gathering for the study began in December and was completed in March before traffic flow lessened due to closures related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The engineering firm is currently working on evaluating impacts to traffic from approved future developments in the area and will then create a list for recommended improvements and policy strategies for the city to consider implementing in the future.