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Mayor, Public Works Celebrate Completion of 46th Avenue North, Murphy Road Roundabout and Streetscaping

November 17, 2014

Improvements Enhance Safety and Quality of Life in Sylvan Park Neighborhood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today helped celebrate a new traffic roundabout and streetscape project in Sylvan Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The centerpiece of the project is a single-lane, landscaped urban roundabout that improves traffic flow at the intersection of 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road.

"This neighborhood is going to become even more vibrant because this roundabout makes it easier to move around," Mayor Dean said. "New sidewalks, additional on-street parking, decorative elements and landscaping adds to this commercial district to make it an even more attractive hub in this community."

Joining Mayor Dean at today’s event were Randy Lovett, Metro Public Works Acting Director; Tommy Lynch, Metro Parks Director; and Councilmember Jason Holleman.

"This project is a great example of the importance of infrastructure to a dynamic and growing neighborhood," Randy Lovett, Public Works Director said. "This project does more than just keep up with multi-modal transportation needs; it also contributes directly to Nashville’s continued high quality of life and will benefit those who live, work, and visit here."

The $2.5 million project includes new sidewalks on 46th Avenue North/Murphy Road from 44th Avenue North to Colorado Avenue, 21 new on-street parking spots, decorative street lighting and native landscaping in planting beds. It is a Complete Street and accommodates various forms of transportation, including pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles and mass transit. The project was approved by the Metro Council in the FY 2014 capital spending plan.

In addition to multi-modal safety improvements, Complete Streets also include unique aesthetics and other elements that are designed to complement the character and setting specific to a neighborhood. An example is the art tiles which were on display at this morning’s event. These tiles were designed by third-grade students at Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center in a collaboration between the design team at Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., art teacher Robert Green and school parents.

The glazed tiles will adorn new entry columns on 46th Ave North, Murphy Road and Westlawn Drive. The designs represent different areas of art students have been studying this school year. Final installation of the tiles will be completed in December, along with remaining landscaping.

Roundabouts provide for better traffic circulation due to reduced vehicle delays and the number and duration of stops required to move through an area compared to intersections with stop signs or traffic signals. Roundabouts can also be safer because they contain fewer conflict points where vehicles can get into accidents, as opposed to a four-way intersection.

Connectivity is an important element in this neighborhood. The recently completed Richland Creek Greenway connects McCabe Park and the Sylvan Park neighborhood with the commercial and retail district along White Bridge Pike and Harding Road and with Nashville State Community College. The Music City Bikeway also runs through this area. Completed in early 2012, the 26-mile route provided bicycle connections between major parks, densely populated neighborhood areas and downtown.

The project was led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division. Project team members include Metro Parks and Recreation, Metro Water Services, RPM Transportation Consultants and Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

Tips on driving the new roundabout, including how to enter and exit, is available online.

Photos credit: Metro Photographic Services

Mayor Dean cuts ribbon on new roundabout project

Mayor Dean speaks at a press conference about the new roundabout project

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