Tullahoma-Manchester Community Mobility Plan

A Tullahoma-Manchester Community Mobility Plan was presented to the planning commission during their meeting last Monday afternoon by Gresham Smith consultant Drew Gaskins and Andrea Noel with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

A Tullahoma-Manchester Community Mobility Plan was presented to members of the Tullahoma planning commission during their meeting last Monday afternoon by Gresham Smith consultant Drew Gaskins and Andrea Noel with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

A Tullahoma-Manchester Community Mobility Plan was presented to the planning commission during their meeting last Monday afternoon by Gresham Smith consultant Drew Gaskins and Andrea Noel with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). This presentation was a first draft, with the goal to show the planning commission the ideas being considered and to gain feedback from them as well as the public.

According to the staff report by Lee Lawson, AICP along with Planning and Codes Director, TDOT established the Community Transportations Planning Grant (CTPG) program to assist Tennessee’s small and rural communities in developing transportation plans to address transportation, land use, and growth management issues. The program is designed to better integrate multimodal transportation systems with local land use objectives and achieve statewide transportation goals.

The cities of Manchester and Tullahoma were jointly awarded one of the 22 grants from the CTPG Program’s 2018-2019 grant cycle. The report documents the findings and recommendations of the Community Mobility Plan, which focuses on holistic regional evaluation of the mobility challenges and opportunities that both cities will face going forward. As the cities continue to grow, a shared vision for community mobility will ensure the continued safe and efficient movement of people within and between the two cities. The plan focuses on the following five corridors serving the two cities: SR-55 between Manchester and Tullahoma, US-41 (SR-2) in Manchester, Old Manchester/Tullahoma Highway, US-41 (SR-16) in Tullahoma, and SR-55/Wilson Avenue in Tullahoma.

The Community Mobility Plan will act as a blueprint for multimodal mobility and safety along these five corridors and the parallel and intersecting routes that support them. The plan recommendations will promote multimodal safety, provide needed connections to community facilities and amenities, and ensure a coordinated approach to meeting the transportation needs of the region’s population and employment growth.

“We are looking into posting a hard copy of this presentation and the plans online so that the community can take a look and give us their opinions as well,” Lawson said.

“At the open meetings held, we received a lot of great feedback from the public, and look forward to applying that to our research,” Gaskins said.

A resolution to adopt the plan was unanimously approved by The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Alderman at their regular meeting on Monday night.