This will be a much-needed upgrade. There is school-bound traffic twice a day, and safety is a concern as well as traffic problems. Also, many pedestrians, bicyclists, and walkers want to be able to use this road safely as it is near neighborhoods and schools. We should be upgrading our roads to reflect interest in people getting outside and using the greenway, whether for recreation, exercise, or going to and from the schools. I lived in this neighborhood for many years and always wished Montvale would get upgrades. The sidewalks will be a great improvement, as will the turnlane.
Montvale Road is in desperate need of more sidewalks and pedestrian facilities. These have been promised to us for years but the city has never followed through. As someone who walked to school along Montvale Road for most of my life (walked to Sam Houston, Maryville Junior High, and Maryville High School), I know how dangerous the road is for pedestrians, especially during the after school rush. This project would improve safety and accessibility for an important road in Maryville.
I support this project. This road is so busy that a left turn anywhere near this neighborhood is almost impossible at many times throughout the day. I maneuver this neighborhood very often and I go out of my way, around the block or around several blocks just to make right turns or go all the way down to a light. It feels very unsafe when on foot or bicycle as well. More time, attention, and fiscal resources need to continue to improve this danger zone.
I support this project.? Having lived in this neighborhood at one time, we know that a way to cross Montvale Road safely, and for walkers and bikers to have safe access the greenway and schools, has been needed for years.? Moreover, traffic on this road gets very backed up at school opening and closing hours.? A center turn lane would be a huge help.? These improvements are long overdue, and I know how much difference it will make for residents whether they are on foot or in the car.