ORIOLE PLACE ROAD SAFETY & TRAFFIC CONTROL
- Metro Nashville Public Works
- United States of America
HELP US KEEP OUR FAMILIES AND PROPERTY SAFE FROM THE DANGEROUS ROAD & TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON ORIOLE PLACE!
JUSTIFICATIONS FOR OUR REQUEST
1) Our road, at the widest point, is 21 feet wide x 756 feet long. The width measurement is the total width of the road, including the very minimal “shoulder”. This means that our road is the minimum width, 10’ for each lane.
2) We have no shoulder, no sidewalk and no curb = No protection
3) Our homes have a minimum setback from the street of 40 feet, with most homes being roughly 55 feet away from the street. This means that we have small front yards with very limited space. So, when a driver loses control of a vehicle, they are very likely to damage our personal property, e.i. homes, parked vehicles, mailboxes, etc.
4) We have a large number of children under the age of ten years old that live on our street. Roughly 20 small children.
5) We have an elementary school bus stop in the middle of our street. Many vehicles started driving around the bus while it was letting children off, so the bus driver had to start parking the bus in the middle of the street to impede any vehicle from speeding around it.
6) It is unsafe to check our mailboxes. Several instances have occurred and people have almost been struck by an oncoming vehicle while checking their mailbox. These individuals have had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck in the middle of the day.
7) We have a great deal of pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians use Oriole as a shortcut to David Lipscomb, a shortcut to Hillsboro/Richard Jones, as part of their neighborhood walking route, high school track teams regularly use our street during their running practice, in addition to, people walking to and from Metro Bus Stops located on Shackleford/Oriole and Richard Jones/Lone Oak.
8) We have no signage for our school bus stop or speed limit.
9) Several of us have had our mailboxes hit by a reckless vehicle and needed to be completely replaced.
10) Our trash and recycling cans are hit by vehicles on a regular basis.
11) We are a very small street with only 28 houses.
12) We are terrified to allow our children to play in our front yards.
13) The sharp curve at the Richard Jones/Oriole transition somehow incites drivers to speed recklessly around the corner and then proceed to drive at high speeds down the remainder of the street. Drivers are treating Oriole like a race track.
14) We have a Free Little Library on our street.
15) We have trouble getting into and out of our driveways with vehicles impatiently speeding around or in front of our vehicles.
16) Lone Oak has a light and a 3-way stop that are close in distance, which limits vehicles from having the space to get up to high speed before they have to stop at the 3-way stop with Shackleford. Oriole is used as a shortcut to Shackleford going east bound. To avoid maintaining a reasonable speed on Lone Oak, drivers are cutting through on Oriole and speeding recklessly down our street.
17) Lone Oak also has a wider road, a curb and a sidewalk and is better equipped to handle the traffic.
18) The amount of vehicles traveling on Oriole will most certainly increase when the high-rise on the corner of Richard Jones and Hillsboro is completed. In addition to, the population of Nashville continuing to grow at a staggering pace.
19) Residents on Oriole are selling their homes, with road conditions and the safety of their children being a significant motivation.
20) Officer Johnny R. Cantrell, Badge #834806, while using a radar gun on Oriole to ticket speeders, was surprised by the unsafe conditions and agreed that the 30 MPH speed limit was far too fast for our street.
TECHNIQUES ORIOLE RESIDENTS & METRO HAVE
PREVIOUSLY TRIED—STARTING JANUARY 2016
-Traffic Study: Statistics Reported on 9/7/16
South Bound Traffic—926 vehicles with 51.8% traveling faster than 30 mph
North Bound Traffic —411 vehicles with 30.2% traveling faster than 30 mph
Most traveled time of day—12PM
In 2016, Oriole Place had an average of 1,337 vehicles traveling on our
street in 24 hours. 45.2% of those vehicles were traveling faster than the 30
mph speed limit.
-Speed Limit Trailer
-Many conversations with Mack Rutledge with the Metro Traffic Commission.
-Posting ‘slow down’ signs, ‘children at play’ signs. Also, we placed a total of 8 ‘Safety Sams’ up and down the street, which were all stolen, twice. Again, they were all stolen TWICE!
-Confronting drivers of reckless vehicles by flagging them down and speaking to them while we are in our front yards
-Police officers with radar stopping speeding vehicles
-Previously submitted Traffic Calming Requests
-Previously submitted Sidewalk Requests
-Multiple emails to and from Sgt. Michelle Coker (formally Michelle S. Jones)
-Contact with Jason Radinger with the Metro Sidewalk and Bicycle Lanes Commission
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We, the undersigned residents and friends of Oriole Place, do hereby petition the Metro Nashville Public Works, and respectfully request making the following change(s) in road safety and traffic control on Oriole Place.
By signing this petition, the signatory affirms that she/he is authorized to do so and thereby bind the owner(s) of the respective parcel to the effect of this petition.
1. Lower the speed limit
2. Repave the street
3. Provide a lasting and dynamic solution to accompany the changes listed above. These solutions are listed below in order of popularity, as voted on by residents of Oriole Place who chose to participate in the previous neighborhood meetings.
A. Restore our street back to a dead-end with the preferred “end” being on the Shackleford (south bound) end of the street
B. Converting our street to a ‘cul-de-sac’ with the end of the street and “turn around area” being on the Richard Jones (north bound) end
C. Converting our street to a one-way going north bound (towards Richard Jones) with the traffic lane in the middle of the road and a pedestrian lane on one side and a bike lane on the other
D. Having several speed humps installed
The ORIOLE PLACE ROAD SAFETY & TRAFFIC CONTROL petition to Metro Nashville Public Works was written by Oriole Place Residents & Association and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.