Ensuring safety for a new school in Antioch

The need for a new school in the Percy Priest Lake area of Antioch is apparent. So where should it go?

An available parcel of land on Smith Springs Road is nearly ideal. It’s the right location, the right size, has the right topography and is close enough to the right utilities. But some in the community have concerns about the safety of the location.

At an April 11 community meeting, we received several questions about safety, particularly related to Smith Springs Road itself, which is two lanes. Below are all of the questions we received, along with answers.


In case of a fire, how can emergency personnel respond with limited access?
There are several major streets (as classified by Metro Nashville’s official Major & Collector Street Plan) that provide access to the area from Murfreesboro Road, Bell Road and Mt. View Road. These streets include the arterial street, Smith Springs Road, and the following collector streets: Anderson Road, Castlegate Drive, Country Way Road, and Huntingboro Trail. There is also a network of local streets such Country Ridge Drive, Daisy Trail, Timber Trail, Shakertown Road, Windsor Green Drive and Hillshire Drive that provide additional street connectivity for the area. This network of streets is expected to provide more than adequate access to the site.  In addition, turn lanes will be constructed for the new schools will minimize blockage of Smith Springs Road in the vicinity of the schools. The site itself has four connected driveways that will be designed for fire truck egress/ingress.  In case of emergency, all four accesses can be used for evacuation.  We anticipate emergency responders will travel to the site via the route that has the shortest travel time after accounting for any road closures in the area.

Will sidewalks be installed in the area of Kensington Subdivision and surrounding subdivisions for students walking to school?
The scope of the school project will only include sidewalks along Smith Springs Road at the property.

Any concerns in regards to safety with a one-way in and out approach to the school and how would that be addressed?
There are several major streets that provide access to the area from Murfreesboro Road, Bell Road and Mt. View Road, so there is more than one way in and out for this site.  The network of streets is expected to provide more than adequate access to the site for emergency responders.

Are there any safety concerns about keeping children away from lake?
We are always concerned about student safety and we expect students to remain on school grounds–and away from the lake.

What will happen if a disaster happens and emergency vehicles cannot get in due to traffic?
There are several major streets (as classified by Metro Nashville’s official Major & Collector Street Plan) that provide access to the area from Murfreesboro Road, Bell Road and Mt. View Road. These streets include the arterial street, Smith Springs Road, and the following collector streets: Anderson Road, Castlegate Drive, Country Way Road and Huntingboro Trail. There is also a network of local streets such Country Ridge Drive, Daisy Trail, Timber Trail, Shakertown Road, Windsor Green Drive and Hillshire Drive that provide additional street connectivity for the area. This network of streets is expected to provide more than adequate access to the site.  In addition, turn lanes will be constructed for the new schools to minimize the effect on Smith Springs Road in the vicinity of the schools. The site itself has four connected driveways that will be designed for fire truck egress/ingress.  In case of emergency, all four accesses can be used for evacuation.  We anticipate emergency responders will travel to the site via the route that has the shortest travel time after accounting for any road closures in the area.

How many registered sex offenders are there as of today in the school zone?
We do not know how many sex offenders live in the area. We do know that state law restricts how close offenders can live to schools.

What is the crime data for the neighborhood?
The Police Department is the best source for crime data and we have asked the PD for recent information.

I am concerned that a curved two-lane road is unsafe for children to walk.
The school zone will require a lower speed limit and should improve the safety at this section of the road.

 

READ all community questions from the April 11 meeting

Posted on April 25, 2013, in District, News, Schools and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you, again, for addressing these concerns. These are legitimate concerns and I believe the answers provided covered them well. I live at Chatham Pointe and do not anticipate any more traffic congestion than is currently experienced in this area. I look forward to the building of the new school (s) and to hosting the students and staff. God bless.

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