FILE -- In this June 26, 2015 file photo, heavy traffic moves away from and toward the downtown area of Nashville, Tenn. While Congress remains stalled on a long-term highway funding plan, state lawmakers and governors aren’t waiting around. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to draw attention to the transportation funding challenges facing the state by hosting a 15-stop transportation funding tour across the state. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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note: this list is not in any special order and does not claim these are THE busiest and/or most congested roads in the county, but some of them. Roads are interconnected, of course, and a high-volume/low-congestion road, for example, can cause high-congestion on its arteries, so this lists both high volume and high congestion roads. Data for volume was used from TDOT’s car-counter reports, and for congestion, while no comprehensive congestion data exists for the county, a traffic study by the city of Franklin, a joint Brentwood-Nashville traffic study and a Spring Hill traffic study were used. 

There is nothing quite like sitting still in traffic after a long day in the summertime. You get in the car- oven, more like, that was preheating in the sun all day- and sit on the hot asphalt looking at the waves of heat radiating off the cars all around you. And you sit. And you sit. And you just miss the green light. And you sit.

Somehow, thirsty and drained, you see your driveway around that last turn, your home- or is it a mirage?

The average commute for a Williamson County resident, according to US Census data, is 27 minutes. As the population has multiplied over the last 10, 20 years, so has traffic.

This is by no means an authoritative list of congestion. There could be, and probably are, dozens of roads or stretches of roads and intersections in Williamson County that suffer congestion that is just as bad as anywhere else. Congestion is measured in six levels, A (best) through F (worst). One F road is not looked at as more or less “bad” than another. For every one of these roads two could be added in its place with equal validity. These were picked because they are among the highest volume or worst congested places- AND to give a scope and general picture of the traffic situation. The list tries to be representative of the different kinds of traffic, volume and congestion, from low volume and high congestion roads with two lanes, to high volume variable congestion roads like I-65. Traffic at one point can affect traffic at another.

There is also some anecdotal and personal experience involved in choosing some of these roads over others left off, or else it would be a list of 50 not 10.

So without further ado, here is our list of the worst roads for traffic in the county. Some of this is based on data and studies done by the state, or county or local government. Some is based on sore experience coming to and from our offices. Keep in mind that some roads, for instance, might have 10 times the volume of another- say I-65 compared to Columbia Avenue or Concord Road.

If we missed anything, let us know at zachary.harmuth@williamsonsource.com

Old Hickory Blvd. and Franklin Road

Don’t stop at just Williamson County. The intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Franklin Road in Brentwood is, according to a joint metro traffic study, the second most trafficked spot in all of Williamson and Davidson Counties. The intersection of Nolensville Pike and Hardking Place in Nashville, by the way, was the busiest.

Not only was it busy, but it was given an F rating (the worst). The lowest grade usually considered acceptable is a C. So it is both the busiest intersection in Williamson County, and at the worst level of congestion.

Everyday some 36,000 to 39,000 vehicles travel on Old Hickory west of the intersection, another 50,000 to 60,000 on the east. While on Franklin Road some 24,000 cars pass south of the intersection and 11,000 to 12,000 north of it.

A daily average of 65,712 cars pass through the intersection on a given day. The recent traffic study made a long list of suggestions to improve its worst intersections. This was high on their list.

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