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Nashville Zoo Infrastructure Improvements Project

Mayor Karl Dean speaks about zoo infrastructure improvements

Metro Public Works Engineering Team has begun construction on the Nashville Zoo Infrastructure Improvements Project.

The Nashville Zoo has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. It continues to be a top Nashville tourist attraction with 1 million+ visitors each year, as well as an outstanding resource for education and conservation.

“Nashville Zoo is the most-visited attraction in our city with a growing membership and bright plans for the future,” Mayor Karl Dean said in his remarks during a summer 2014 announcement about Nashville’s capital investment in the zoo infrastructure. “As centers of discovery, zoos are where our youth can learn about the natural world, the wonderment of animals and respect for living creatures. Continued investment by our community in infrastructure and animal exhibits will make our Zoo the kind of world-class destination our residents deserve and tourists will visit.”

Critical infrastructure improvements for this project include the following:

  • A new zoo entry plaza to meet the demands of growing membership and general attendance
  • Expanded parking area
  • A new “zoo road”
  • Walkways, a precast bridge, retention ponds, and retaining walls
  • New traffic signal with pedestrian amenities.

Project Team: Led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division, project team members include Collier Engineering Co., Inc, HMA Contractors LLC, and Civil Site Design Group.

The project is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

Road construction at Nashville Zoo

More road construction at Nashville Zoo

Zoo road and path