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Fifth Avenue North Changing to Two-Way

5/7/2013

New Traffic Pattern Will Allow for Better Traffic Accessibility Through Downtown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Fifth Avenue North from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway, currently a one-way street traveling in the northbound direction, will be converted to a two-way street over the three-day period beginning Thursday, May 9 and finishing on Saturday, May 11. The street will fully convert to two-way on Saturday, May 11.  Construction related to other projects including 5th Avenue of the Arts will be continuing and the public is advised to use caution while traveling through the area over the next several weeks.

Beginning Thursday, May 9, blocks of Fifth Avenue North from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway will be closed for traffic and parking while milling and striping takes place. It is expected that each block will be closed for approximately three to four hours.  Blocks will be reopened in segments as work is completed.  Deliveries will be allowed throughout the project duration.  Police will be on sight to direct traffic. Detours and signage will be in place to assist motorist rerouting during the project.

Affected intersections include Broadway, Commerce, Church, Union, Deaderick, Charlotte and James Robertson Parkway. 

Fifth Avenue North from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway is currently a one-way street traveling in the northbound direction. With the opening of the Music City Center (MCC) and the Omni Hotel, as well as additional development in and around the SoBro area, there will be a strong need to improve access along Fifth Avenue, north of Broadway.  Benefits of changing to a two-way street include:

  • Improves accessibility.
  • Increases uniformity and improves traffic flow with other sections of Fifth Avenue that are already two way.
  • Simplifies getting around Nashville, especially for tourists.
  • Results in lower speeds since two-way roadways typically have lower speeds than one way roadways, which increases safety for pedestrians.

Fifth Avenue North Detour Map