Clovercroft Group Questions Pending Construction Site

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Proposed School Challenges Area Infrastructure

Many Franklin, TN residents in the Clovercroft area are expressing concerns to city government, the school board, and the Williamson County Commission regarding proposed site of a new elementary school. Trinity Elementary is overcrowded, and it is rumored a large number of students will be bused from the McKay's Mill area to the newly proposed schools. A group of area residents are concerned a tunnel, which reduces traffic to a single lane, will force traffic to an already heavily congested section of McEwen Drive during rush hour traffic.

Many questions have risen pertaining to the ability of area roads to support public school traffic, due to narrow roads such as Wilson Pike and McEwen with limited visibility and steep or no shoulders.

"We would like to know the response time of emergency vehicles to the proposed school," says Mike Gill, an area resident. "The proposed location may present a challenge for large emergency vehicles. And I do not see a good way for large fire engines to make it to the school. I can only assume the Franklin Cool Springs fire department would be employed." Others express concerns the location would create safety hazards for residents children in the area.

Until open meetings are held, many residents are requesting to see studies on expanding Trinity Elementary, as well as consideration of other options such as land on Liberty Pike or Carothers, which have additional lanes.

The rapid growth such as Williamson County, taxes the resources and creativity of any local government. Yet these citizens point to Ravenswood High School, built less than ten years ago and experiencing overcrowding. In government officials' attempts to meet an August deadline, questions arise about the due diligence used to select and design the proposed Clovercroft facility.

Upcoming meetings will open the floodgates for questions. And taxpayers will be eager to seek additional information to quell their concerns.

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