Stop the Branford Place road Extension connecting Declaration Way to Tollgate

Stop the Branford Place road Extension connecting Declaration Way to Tollgate

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George Petzelt started this petition to Mayor of Thompsons Station

5-14-19 Update

ISSUES:  PEDESTRIAN AND MOTORIST SAFETY, TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION

There is only one (1) road in and out of the Tollgate residential area to serve 700 or more homes, over 1500 people

There is only (1) one road in and out of the High School serving over 1,400 people.

The High School and Tollgate both need a second road to allow clear passage for emergency vehicles entering the scene in the event of a disaster, and, for people trying to escape at the same time.

THE BRANFORD PLACE/ROAD EXTENSION AND CONNECTOR TO DECLARATION WAY ALLOWING SCHOOL TRAFFIC TO CUT THROUGH TOLLGATE SQUARE

The connector was approved by the "Tollgate Planning Commission" to help resolve the limited ways to escape from the school and subdivisions.  However, it doesn’t help improve anything.  All traffic will still end-up at the same exact places on Route 31.  [See the Map - the "numbers" on the map represent the estimated number of people in the area]

Meeting Questions

-What was the basis for the Planning Commission’s decision.  (safety, cost, efficiency we can’t see….???)
-Were any independent Engineers involved in the study
-Did anyone get an opinion from the Fire Department and/or Police Department
-Did our Aldermen talk with the Businesses and Apartment Managers about the plan?  What did they say?

BOMA Response to each question:  "We don't have to answer those questions"

The Branford Place Extension/Connector only moves the current internal traffic into the Town Square or on to Declaration Way, but all exit on to Route 31 EXACTLY where they exit at this moment.  This increases safety and egress concerns without addressing current or future needs for a well-designed infrastructure.

The Branford Place extension/connector encourages traffic to pour into and out of Tollgate Square.  A Town Square that is already handling traffic from over 700 homes plus Medical Buildings, Apartments, Town Homes, an Insurance Center. Delivery Vehicles, Visitors and future new Shops, new Apartments, and new Offices. 

The new connector adds to serious traffic concerns, near-term and long-term.  It’s not the right thing to do, and, it may be a deterrent to "new businesses moving in," and "customers of current businesses."

SAFETY CONCERNS

-Residents of Homes and Apartments, Employees, Patients, Customers, Students, Visitors, Delivery Vehicles, etc. will be exposed to much more traffic in an area designed for much less

-Heavy rush hour traffic at Tollgate Boulevard and Route 31 already evident and growing steadily, is unsafe.  This further supports the need for a road West of the School and Tollgate rather than adding more traffic to route 31 North of I840

-Speeding, Illegal Parking, Reckless Driving, etc.  are already a serious, ongoing problem.  Adding outside traffic that has no vested interest in Tollgate will make it worse

-Parking for school, and for school events in and around the Square, will utilize space intended for patients, patrons, residents, and customers

Over 350 people from Tollgate and the Square signed a petition against this connector. We expect more to sign once we get contact information from hundreds of new residents.  

George D. Petzelt
Captain, Tollgate Neighborhood Watch (TNW)
Tollgate Village, TN 37179
georgepetzelt@outlook.com; 812-890-9157

In the event of an Emergency:  call 911; all other issues:  call the Sheriff:  615-790-5550

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