Metro Public Works Announces Fall/Winter 2019 Traffic Calming Projects
Projects Were Selected Based on Safety, Speed, Neighborhood Destinations and Active Transportation Accommodations
Metro Nashville Public Works has selected to pursue traffic calming projects in eight Nashville neighborhoods this fall and winter.
Public Works now opens two traffic calming application periods per year—one in January and one in July. Neighborhoods are able to submit completed applications during each of these two week time periods. Once the application window has closed, Public Works begins data collection in each neighborhood to determine how they will be scored. As part of this most recent selection process, data was collected on 126 Metro streets.
“As we continue our work in Nashville neighborhoods, we are seeing tons of community engagement in the process. We’re excited to begin work on this second group of projects, and bring relief to local streets with speeding problems.” said Public Works Program Manager Derek Hagerty.
Public Works engineers reviewed 91 applications from neighborhoods all across the county – applications were received from 31 of Metro’s 35 council districts – and selected the following eight areas to begin work:
- Forrest Park
- Whispering Hills
- Merry Oaks
- Oakland Acres
- Cleveland Park
- Cross Timbers
Projects were selected based on a set of criteria focusing on four areas: safety/crash history, average speed, neighborhood destinations, and the presence/absence of active transportation infrastructure, like sidewalks. Public Works engineers compiled all of this data for each neighborhood and scores for the 50 highest needs are included in the attached chart.
"This is certainly a program we would like to grow in future years. We see the need continuing to increase in many of our neighborhoods, and we are eager to tackle the challenges presented by increased traffic on our neighborhood streets," said Public Works Director Mark Sturtevant.
Coordination with council members and neighborhoods will begin in the next few weeks. Public Works staff will attend neighborhood meetings and plan community workshops to collaborate with residents on the best design for each street.