Nashville Area Traffic

Why is it that just about every single afternoon, round about 4:00, on that little stretch of interstate in front of Metro Center (formerly known as 2-65. Don’t know what it’s official name is now) can someone tell me what the big deal is through there that everybody feels they must slow down as they make their way to either 65 North of 65 South? Please enlighten me if you know what the big secret is.

It can’t be because MetroCenter is so beautiful as you cross the bridge…no way.

Is it the homeless guy that lives up under the bridge?

Is it the flatulent-like smell from that plant (or whatever it is) on the right?

Last week, as I was trying to get home, the usual Afternoon Bottle Neck was kickin’ and I saw what the hold up was…a policeman had pulled somebody over. That’s it. No accident…didn’t appear there was a search happening. Didn’t appear anything was happening. This was what made what could’ve been a 25 minute drive turn into a 40 minute one?

The clogging (and I don’t mean the kind you do with tap shoes) is just as bad on the Vietnam Veterans Bypass coming from Hendersonville and Gallatin every morning. Difference here is it’s obvious what’s holding traffic up: Candidates holding their signs waving to us as we drive to work. Like seeing some retard wanna be politician standing on the side of the road offering me a morning wave is going to make me say, “You know…he’s a nice feller. He waved at me. He gets my vote.”

I’m purposely NOT voting for any of these people because they slow traffic down.

5 Comments so far

  1. Jack Shell (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s the same thing the other directions on the South Loop and especially 24 East. I used to live in Antioch and finally couldn’t take the slow down on the drive home every afternoon from Downtown to South town. The move I made to the Westside was the smartest move I ever made. I feel your pain. There is nothing more frustrating than sitting in stop and go inch-along traffic (espcially when you have a manual transmission) only to find the cause of the slow down to be a pull over or an accident in the OTHER lane. Oi!

  2. Mister Nashville (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    My favorite stretch of road in the Nashville area is Briley Parkway north of I-40 on the way to Opry Mills. There’s nothing I love more than eternal construction.

  3. kml (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    24 East headed for the Silliman Evans bridge is always fun in the afternoon during rush hour. I still haven’t figured out why it backs up like it does. Is it because the semis feel like they have to take that curve at 5 mph to merge onto 40 East? Come on, it’s not that steep.

  4. S-townMike (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    That flatulence you smell is the methane gas from various intestinal discharges in the tens of thousands of people who swell downtown from 9 to 5 each work day. It is the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, which warehouses your sh*t (if you work downtown) until it can be hauled away to exurban landfills. Metro is supposed to be building a new plant that will open in 2008; that is promised to eradicate the time-to-time smell and stop the hauling to the exurbs.

    As for the cause of the bottlenecks, I haven’t a clue to the cause, since I stay completely away from I-states between 3:30 and 5:30 on a weekday, unless it is to cross one of the bridges spanning the I-states; they’re never crowded. Sitting in gridlock is a waste of good life.

  5. S-townMike (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    By the way, here is the lowdown on Metro’s wastewater treatment plans.

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