Monday, June 13, 2011

Proposed Billboard Draws Protest In Antioch

Residents Concerned Sign Could Create Distraction
POSTED: 6:49 am CDT June 13, 2011
UPDATED: 7:29 am CDT June 13, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Flashy ads and digital billboards are nothing new along roadways, but one sign in Antioch is getting some attention.

Richardson Outdoor Advertising wants to put up a 50-foot-high digital billboard on Bell Road at Murfreesboro Place.

Thousands of drivers go by there every day, but some people say the flashy sign could distract drivers and lead to more accidents.

Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite said the issue goes beyond distraction.

“Once you take a look at the intersection, it’s very much comprising as far as what lane you’re in, whether you’re turning left or go straight,” said Wilhoite.

The general manager of Richardson Outdoor Advertising said the brightness of the billboard would be monitored.

There also wouldn't be any moving figures on the board.

A community meeting on the digital billboard will be held Tuesday night.

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