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1st Avenue South Widening and Traffic Improvement Project

Metro Public Works First Avenue Widening Project is Complete

August 7, 2015 – The project included Reconstructed pavement, widened lanes and new traffic controls from Demonbreun Street to Peabody Street. In addition to Metro Public Works’ roadway and traffic improvements project, Live Nation Entertainment has spruced up the area in front of the new Ascend Amphitheater and Riverfront Park with new landscaping, sidewalk and bikeway improvements.

1st Avenue Widening Project 1st Avenue Widening Project Sidewalk View 1st Avenue Widening Project Bike Path

The new Riverfront park includes a 1.5 acre lawn known as “The Green,” over one mile of multi-use greenway trails, ornamental gardens, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, WiFi access, and exercise and sports facilities, including two basketball half-courts.

April 22, 2015 Update

Metro Public Works is in the construction stage of the 1st Avenue South Widening and Traffic Improvement Project. This project will provide better traffic circulation and roadway infrastructure support for the new West Riverfront Park and amphitheater site. The 10-acre civic park is located on the Cumberland River on the site of the former Thermal Transfer Plant. The park will include over one mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, ornamental gardens, a 1.5-acre event lawn called the Green, a portion of a downtown flood protection system and a 6,500-capacity amphitheater.

Metro Public Works Project elements include:

  • Widening 1st Ave S for an additional southbound lane between Demonbreun St and Peabody St
  • New traffic signal will be installed at 1st Ave S and Demonbreun St
  • Modification of existing traffic signals, lane control signals, street lights, storm drainage, and landscaping
  • Construction is expected to be complete August 2015

Read additional information about the West Riverfront Park and Amphitheater.