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8th Ave, Lafayette Street Traffic to Shift on Thursday


Special pedestrian detour added to provide safer foot travel through construction zone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The next phase of traffic control for construction of the Korean Veterans Boulevard Extension is scheduled to take place later this week, when travel lanes on 8th Ave South and Lafayette Street will be shifted to accommodate building the project roundabout.

No additional lane closings are planned with this phase, however 8th Ave South will be routed onto temporary pavement along the west side of the proposed roundabout, and both directions of Lafayette Street traffic will be routed onto Lea Ave (which is currently one-way) between 7th Ave and 8th Ave.

Metro plans to implement the traffic change on Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in order to avoid impacting rush hour drivers, and police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. This phase is expected to remain in effect for approximately 6 months.

Due to the change in traffic movements and the extremely high level of activity in the construction zone, a special pedestrian detour has been constructed along 8th Avenue to help ensure the safety of pedestrians who need to use the area.

To help drivers avoid congestion and potential traffic delays, Public Works suggests the following alternate routes into/out of the Central Business District and other areas of downtown:

  • 2nd Avenue South (one-way) for inbound travel and 4th Avenue South (one-way) for outbound travel
  • Travel through The Gulch using Division Street and 12th Avenue South to Demonbreun or Broadway, and 11th Ave South to Charlotte Ave
  • Use Palmer Place and 10th Avenue South to Demonbreun and avoid congestion at the 8th Ave/Lafayette intersection.
  • From Lafayette, take Elm Street to 2nd Avenue or 3rd Avenue S for inbound travel.

An updated map of alternate routes and the pedestrian detour is available on the KVB project

The KVB Extension will be a new four-lane, median divided roadway providing a connection between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South. It will terminate in a multi-lane roundabout at a new reconstructed intersection of 8th Avenue and Lafayette Street. Completion of the $10.7 million project is scheduled in December of this year.