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Vanderbilt poll: More locals think Nashville is growing too fast and ‘no longer on the right track’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A newly released poll from Vanderbilt University says a growing number of Nashvillians thinks the city is “no longer on the right track.”

According to data released Tuesday morning, the percentage of residents who think the city is moving in the wrong direction has grown from 22% to 45% since the poll’s inception in 2015. Additionally, this latest poll says those who think Nashville is moving in the right direction has dropped from 72% in 2015 to 53%.

 

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Tennessee House advances hand-held phone ban while driving

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still must clear the Senate before it can go to the governor’s desk.

 

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Franklin Partners with Hytch to Reward Employees for Sharing Rides

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Two innovative cities tackling growth issues in the greater Nashville region have adopted the Hytch Rewards app to incentivize employees to share rides and reduce traffic. The City of Franklin rolled out its partnership with Hytch in early 2019, following in the footsteps of The City of Brentwood, which deployed Hytch in fall of 2018.

Hytch is a Nashville-based technology company focused on accelerating the use of shared mobility solutions in urban and surrounding areas like the ten county Middle Tennessee region. Using the free Hytch Rewards app available for Android and iOS smartphones, Hytch uses gamification, interactive education and incentives to promote the social, economic, and environmental benefits of shared mobility.

 

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Auto shops busy as number of mid-state potholes grows

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As of Thursday afternoon, Metro Nashville Public Works crews had filled in more than 9,000 potholes in 2019. The effort came as officials said they battled one of the worst pothole season’s the mid-state has seen.

Those potholes meant issues for drivers, who said they could barely get around without hitting a hole in the road.

 

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Tennessee ranked worst state for distracted driving

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new study by ValuePenguin examined data from the national highway traffic administration from 2015 to 2017. Between that time, it states more than 1,400 fatalities were attributed to car crashes involving drivers that were distracted by their cellphones. It shows Tennessee having the highest rate of distracted driving fatalities.

AAA representative Megan Cooper says the company did their own traffic safety study. In it, the study reveals 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is happening more often.

 

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I-440 construction project begins Friday night: What you need to know

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A massive construction project on Interstate 440 in Nashville kicks off Friday night and drivers can expect to see a lot of changes.

As work gets underway tonight, drivers will be traveling on the outside shoulder. Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are shifting the lanes to the right so it can start tearing up the median.

TDOT is promising a smoother and safer road when the project is done next summer.

 

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