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May 17-23, 2015 is Public Works Week

May 5, 2015

May 17-23, 2015 is National and State of TN Public Works Week and Public Works Week in Metro Nashville and Davidson County!!!

illustration of city and public works workers

RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1439 was approved on April 8 proclaiming the week of May 17-23, 2015, as Public Works Week in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Governor Bill Haslam also issued a proclamation for the State of Tennessee recognizing Public Works Week in Tennessee.

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, more than 28,000 members in the US and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.

This year’s theme, “Community Begins Here” speaks to the essential nature of Public Works in support of every day quality of life.

Metro Nashville Public Works is made up of approximately 350 employees who work daily to make life better for those who live, work, and visit Nashville.

Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Our Customer Service team took over 94K calls resulting In over 43K service requests resolving issues such as illegal dumping, trimming overgrowth, sign and signal repairs, and debris pickup.
  • We provided 400 environmental education classes seen by over 50K children & adults.
  • We organized volunteers and community service workers and assisted with cleaning up over 4K illegal dump sites and 400 neighborhood cleanups. We provided clean up services at approximately 127 vacant lots this year.
  • This year Metro Beautification and Environment Commission (MBEC) -- the Keep America Beautiful affiliate for Davidson County – was chosen as a “Featured Affiliate” and represented the state of Tennessee for Keep America Beautiful’s first ever national day of action. 600 volunteers participated in 14 events all over the County, ranging from graffiti abatement and beautification, to community gardens.
  • We added the first Compressed Natural Gas powered waste collection truck – the first of its kind to our fleet this year. This truck save fuel dollars and is environmentally friendly.
  • Our roadway maintenance crews repaired over 28K potholes over the past 12 months. Crews also mowed and trimmed 18,000 miles of right-of-way.
  • We are responsible for 800 signalized intersections and this year we installed 2,200 new traffic signs and repaired over 5,200. We are also responsible for overseeing over 2000 parking meter spaces.
  • Emergency response crews responded to over 5,000 requests for traffic assistance.
  • Our waste management section collected over 137K tons of trash from over 127K USD citizens. We collected over 11.8K tons of recycling through our curbside recycling program, and over 8,800 tons collected from our 13 drop off recycling sides.
  • Over 150 tons of e-waste was collected, and crews also collected 25K tons of residential brush. This brush is recycled into mulch at the Bordeaux Mulching Facility.
  • Our Special events office issued 96 special event permits, over 220 film permits, and coordinated with MNPD on 103 parade permits.
  • The Transportation Licensing Commission issued over 1,100 taxi driver permits and worked on a new model and legislation to incorporate new entities wishing to enter the transportation arena.
  • Over 11 miles of sidewalks were installed this year. New sidewalks were added on Sawyer Brown Road, Baptist World Center Drive, and Lebanon Pike to name a few.
  • Several engineering projects were completed this year including:
    • The 46th And Murphy Streetscape and Roundabout
    • Buffered bike lanes along KVB, Fort Negley Blvd and Demonbreun
    • The 1st phase (Timberhill Drive to near I65) of the Harding Place Streetscape and Sidewalk Project

National Public Works Week in Tennessee representatives
Pictured Right: Metro Public Works Engineering Staff members Chip Knauf, Lauren Netherton, Mike Hirtzer, and Don Reid with Governor Haslam and others; National Public Works Week in Tennessee photo.