About the Public Works Department
The mission of the Department of Public Works is to deliver a wide range of services that help define the quality of life for Nashville and Davidson County’s residents, businesses and visitors by ensuring a safe and convenient complete streets transportation infrastructure; protecting the environment; and creating cleaner, beautiful, and more livable neighborhoods.
Among the assets managed each day by our employees are:
- over 2,200 miles of public roadways and rights-of-way
- more than 835 signalized intersections
- over 6,000 named public streets
- over 300 bridges
- over 1,070 miles of sidewalk
- over 140 miles of bikeways
- over 2,000 parking meters and approximately 18,000 parking spaces in Metro-owned garages
- 11 community recycle drop-off sites and 4 recycle convenience centers for waste disposal
- collection of an average one million pounds of refuse annually from more than 132,000 homes in the Urban Services District
To support our city's goal of protecting the environment and creating cleaner, more livable neighborhoods, Public Works is now the proud home of the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, which sponsors a variety of programs and educational opportunities to promote recycling and anti-litter initiatives.