10 Nashville roads that could see speed limits changed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville is looking to crack down on speeders.

City leaders are set to vote Monday on lowering the speed limit on 10 well-known streets. News 2 asked folks who know these roads best what they think of lower speed limits.

“This road is a race track,” said Joe Drake, a pastor at Bethel Church of the Nazarene in East Nashville.

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Drake’s church is located on Broadmoor Drive in East Nashville. Every Sunday, he worries about his congregation pulling out onto the road.

“It’s dangerous for our folks coming in and out of church; it’s dangerous trying to leave driveways right here, especially with the hills,” said Drake.

These are the 10 roads the Nashville Department of Transportation (NDOT) picked to lower the speed limits:

  • Anderson Road

  • Buena Vista Pike

  • Broadmoor Drive

  • Cahal Avenue

  • Davidson Street

  • Paragon Mills Road

  • Robertson Avenue

  • South 11th Street

  • Smith Springs Road

  • Thompson Place

You can see they are all over Nashville. Most would drop by 5 mph, but S. 11th street would be lowered by 10 mph.

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“They’re flying – 50, 60, 70 mph – down this road. It’s dangerous,” said Drake.

“I tend to lean in favor of lowering speed limits in general,” said Metro Councilman John Rutherford, who represents District 31.

Rutherford said bringing speed limits down just 5 mph works.

“It makes us safer in term of less car accidents. That’s been proven in the lowering of speed limits that we’ve done thus far, and of course it makes our pedestrians safer as well,” said Rutherford.

However, Wayne Magaha, who has lived on Broadmoor Drive for decades, isn’t so sure.

“How about asking the residents what they think?” said Magaha.

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For him, pedestrians would be safer with sidewalks. He also said the sign is just a number; the new speed limit also has to be enforced.

“I don’t think it’s going to make a difference either way. If you’re going to put some more police on the road to sit out and run radar, that would probably be the only thing,” said Magaha.

Metro’s Traffic and Parking Commission is set to vote Monday. If it passes, an NDOT spokesperson said the new speed limits could be posted by the spring.

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