// Metro Nashville Public Works photo
By VINCE TROIA
In the latest ‘good news, bad news’ saga regarding Poplar Creek Road, the roadway will be shut down to all traffic for at least two weeks beginning Tuesday, June 18, Metro Nashville Public Works reported.
Poplar Creek Road again will be closed from McCrory Lane to Montcastle Drive (Poplarwood subdivision) as the final base and surface repair is completed, according to Public Works’ Sissy Muro Juarez.
Juarez added a thank-you to Bellevue drivers for their “patience while we continue to work on making the roadway safe for travel.”
A portion of the road from was closed in early March after heavy February rains caused a large crack in the asphalt and significant soil erosion exposed significant risk to a partial collapse. Since then the road either has been closed or has had one lane open as engineers worked to repair it.
After the road reopened in early April, cracks appeared in the asphalt of the northbound lane, which runs along a bluff. Engineers examining the $1.3 million retrofit project decided that too much earth under the road had moved and traffic was halted again.
Currently, a traffic signal has been placed at north and south ends of the damaged roadway to allow alternating one-way vehicle traffic.
“This is obviously taking a little longer than we would have preferred,” said Phillip Jones, Public Works’ assistant director last month. “But for safety reasons we are not going to open both lanes until we are positive the ground under them is not going to move.”
Juarez said that the remaining tasks related to the roadway will be complete by the end of June.
During the closure, only local traffic will be allowed to gain access to neighborhoods along Poplar Creek Road from Old Harding Pike. They include Allen’s Green, Rolling River, Sheffield on the Harpeth, Hanover Park, River Park, and Poplarwood.