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46th Avenue North and Murphy Road Streetscape Project

Rendering of man walking with child on sidewalk near Sylvan Park sign

Mayor, Public Works Celebrate Completion of 46th Avenue North, Murphy Road Roundabout and Streetscaping

May 2015 Update

Putting the finishing touches on this project, the artwork created by students at Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center elementary school in now installed adding beauty to this complete street project. The tiles were a collaboration with the design team at Kimley-Horn, Robert Green, art teacher at Sylvan Park, parents, and the entire 5 classes of 3rd graders at Sylvan Park. The tiles were glazed on 6"x6" tiles by the 3rd graders and fired in the Sylvan Park kiln.

Sylvan Park artwork at 46th Avenue Sylvan Park artwork at Murphy Sylvan Park artwork at Westlawn

March 2015 Update

The 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road Streetscape Project is open!!! "This neighborhood is going to become even more vibrant because this roundabout makes it easier to move around," Mayor Dean said at the grand opening celebration. "New sidewalks, additional on-street parking, decorative elements and landscaping adds to this commercial district to make it an even more attractive hub in this community.”

"This project is a great example of the importance of infrastructure to a dynamic and growing neighborhood," Randy Lovett, Public Works Director said. "This project does more than just keep up with multi-modal transportation needs; it also contributes directly to Nashville’s continued high quality of life and will benefit those who live, work, and visit here."

Roundabouts provide for better traffic circulation due to reduced vehicle delays and the number and duration of stops required to move through an area compared to intersections with stop signs or traffic signals. Roundabouts can be safer because they contain fewer conflict points where vehicles can get into accidents, as opposed to a four-way intersection. With native plantings, landscaping, and other aesthetic features, roundabouts are attractive and can help create a sense of place for a neighborhood.

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September 2014 Update

Construction crews have been making great progress!!! Underground utility construction has been completed, and new sidewalks, and curb/gutter work has begun. Once new sidewalks, and curb/gutter are completed, new pavement will follow. Paving and landscaping are projected to run through late fall.

Sidewalk work in progress Alternate view of sidewalk work in progress

Work in progress Another view of work in progress Streetscape work in progress

46th Avenue North and Murphy Road Roundabout and Streetscape Design Plan

Groundbreaking, May 14th

Mayor, Public Works Kicked off construction on 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road Roundabout and Streetscape Project

View Slides from the Groundbreaking

About the Project

A new streetscape project is planned for the Sylvan Park neighborhood along the 46th Avenue North / Murphy Road corridor between 44thAvenue North and Colorado Avenue.

New sidewalks, on-street parking, street lighting, and landscaping features will be installed.  The intersection at 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road will be highlighted by a new single lane urban roundabout.

The project will improve pedestrian access throughout the successful and active neighborhood commercial district while improving traffic flow and maintaining access to local businesses.  Metro Public Works will be working directly with the neighborhood and business owners to design a complete street that balances the need for access while also improving mobility and aesthetics.

The project is in the design stage with construction work expected to begin Spring 2014.  The project is projected to be completed Fall 2014.

Project Team: Led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division, project team members include Metro Parks and Recreation, Metro Water Services, RPM Transportation Consultants and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. For additional information about the project, contact Jonathan Cleghon, PE, Metro Project Engineer with Public Works at 615-862-8595 or email:

46th and Murphy Perspective View