Manchester, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), held a mobility study workshop on Thursday, May 16 to see what improvements the community would like to see to roadways.
TDOT highlighted the following areas to improve upon: State Route 55 between Manchester and Tullahoma; Hillsboro Boulevard/Murfreesboro Highway in Manchester; Old Manchester/Tullahoma Highway; Jackson Street in Tullahoma; and Wilson Avenue (State Route 55) in Tullahoma.
During the workshop, citizens could place a sticker on what issues were most important to them. These categories were to emphasize walking and biking improvements on major streets and highways and improve transportation connections between Manchester and Tullahoma, especially for pedestrians and bicyclists.
“The number one reason people don’t get out and walk more is safety,” said Parks and Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble.
Both Gamble and Alderman Mark Messick believed it was more important to the community to have improved walking and bike lanes to emphasis pedestrian/cyclist safety.
In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions, which is a 1.7 percent decrease from 201, according to the U.S. Department of Transpiration.
Other options that were deemed “important” or “less important” include: ensuring that transportation improvements consider the needs of all travel modes and people of all ages and disabilities; target transportation improvements in areas experiencing residential or commercial growth; and focus walking and bicycling connections on local streets between neighborhoods, schools, parks and commercial areas.
Things the community wanted to be added are street lights, trees along the road and sidewalks, especially in the Hills Chapel Road area.
Tullahoma held its own mobility workshop on Tuesday, May 14.