Traffic backs up on West Holland Street.
Here's a look at traffic on West Holland Street going toward South Cannon Boulevard at mid-morning one day last week. I was stopped near West Depot Street (the one that goes behind the buildings on the west side of the square).
This is proof that Shelbyville needs another bridge crossing Duck River. There was talk a few years ago of possibly building one near the Lewis Avenue intersection.
Admittedly, we don't have traffic problems like people in Nashville or, now, Murfreesboro deal with.
But traffic does tend to back up on Holland at times. And, on the rare occasions water rises to the bridge's level and South Cannon closes, the need to station emergency crews "across the river" causes problems and bumper-to-bumper traffic on Woodland Drive and Narrows Road means a 20-30 minute drive for one that normally takes five or so.
Looks like we're getting a new bypass and a wider North Main Street. Maybe a bridge could get on the next project list.
*Speaking of driving problems, Shelbyville officials -- with no announcement to the public -- have reduced the speed limit on East Depot Street (Wartrace Pike) from 45 mph to 30 mph between Bethany Lane/Coney Island Road and South Hillcrest Drive intersections.
So slow down out there. It's a speeding ticket waiting to happen.
And city officials should begin publicly announcing -- and explaining -- such drastic speed limit reductions.