Ft. Campbell Boulevard To Get Even More Safety Improvements
by Adam Ghassemi
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – It's one of the busiest roads in Clarksville, but now plans to make Fort Campbell Boulevard safer have more than doubled to stop a deadly trend.
It doesn't take long just looking at Fort Campbell Boulevard to realize something is missing. Even with so many lanes for traffic, the only place for people to walk is worn into the side of the road.
When some people cross, they do it wherever they can.
Six people have been killed in the last few years and Fort Campbell Boulevard has more crashes than any other road in Clarksville.
Last month, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced plans to spend more than $300,000 to add signals and signs at five crosswalks to make things safer. Now, Clarksville is also getting an $800,000 grant to add sidewalks and 41 new covered bus shelters.
Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin said she hopes it can cut down on the number of crashes and deaths.
"It means safety," she said Tuesday. "It's safer passage for people who have to walk on foot to get to a bus shelter. And then it makes it easier for drivers to look for pedestrians at those signalized intersections, instead of anywhere in the stretch of road."
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said as soon as they realized state money was up for grabs they applied, but never dreamed they'd get approval for more improvements so fast.
"You just have to direct people to make sure that they're using those lighted intersections to be able to cross safely," McMillan said. "We just didn't realize it was going to be fast tracked as quickly as it was."
When the projects are finished Fort Campbell Boulevard could look very different and leaders hope the improvements will save lives by using state money to make things better.
"I said we're going to do something to make sure that we get a part of that money," McMillan said.
TDOT officials said Clarksville is one of 13 cities across the state to get similar grants. They'll make the formal announcement on April 24.
McMillan said they city also has many other submitted proposals, including improving a Park-and-Ride lot near I-24 for people who use bus service between Clarksville and Nashville.