Traffic in Spring Hill, TN (how bad does it get?)

I moved to Spring Hill in October 2021, so at the time of writing, I’ve experienced the traffic here for almost a year. In this post, I’d like to share what traffic is like. If you are thinking about moving here, this post aims to give you an honest view into the situation, so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Traffic is the #1 complaint from Spring Hill residents

Without a doubt, traffic is the biggest problem with living in Spring Hill according to residents. On one hand, the traffic is most definitely a problem. On the other hand, if traffic is the #1 issue, it must be a half-decent place to live…because people aren’t complaining about other things.

1. Traffic impacts people differently

This is an obvious point, but traffic impacts people differently. After all, it all depends on when you are on the road, if you have a commute, and more. Based on my observation, here’s the most important factors to consider:

  • Do you have children? If so, how far away is the school they attend?
  • Will you commute to Nashville? Once or twice a week? Or everyday?
  • Do you have flexibility around when you need to commute? If traffic is gnarly, can you wait it out?
  • Is it the school year? In the Summer traffic dies down quite a bit.
  • Where are you based? Are you on the Maury County side or the Williamson County side?

School and the daily commute are by far the biggest factors. If you fit into both of these buckets, I’d encourage you to do extra due diligence. For me, I work from home and my children don’t go to school (yet), so the impacts of traffic are minimal.

2. Make sure you do your homework!

If you are thinking about moving to Spring Hill, I’d strongly encourage you to do more diligence around traffic in the following ways:

  • Spend some time researching how the city aims to help with traffic congestion. Are they working on something that may help? For example, the new I-65 Exit.
  • Make sure you know what morning commutes look like….especially if you will travel into Nashville everyday
  • Use Google Maps to understand how frequent traffic issues are.

Where is traffic the worst in Spring Hill?

This next section is primarily based on my personal experience, but I created a map below to help you identify the traffic problem areas here in Spring Hill. The shaded spots are locations where traffic can get bad during rush hour (daily commute, school, weekends, etc).

My take on the traffic problems in Spring Hill

I spent a few years living in Boston, so I’ve spent more time than I care to admit sitting in traffic. Personally, I think a lot of the traffic problems will be solved over time. I couldn’t say that when I lived in Boston.

For example, the June Lake development and the new interstate exit is going to help significantly, especially for commuters.

A recent tour of construction happening at June Lake

Spring Hill has grown so quickly, which has forced the city to play catch-up. A decade ago the community was basically a farming town, with farming roads. Now, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the county.

Some roads will be widened faster than others. For example, Main street is “owned” by the state vs. the city, so it will take longer to allocate budgets and free up funding to address this section of town. Other roads I believe will be addressed much faster.

If I didn’t think the traffic issue would be resolved in the future, I wouldn’t have moved here. I guess I chalk most of the issues up to, “growing pains.”

In conclusion

To wrap up this post, traffic is the worst part about living in Spring Hill. If you expect to constantly be on the road, take some extra time to do more diligence. Come hang out here for a few days before committing to move.

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