Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Policies
Physical or operational changes to streets will be made only if less intrusive techniques fail to provide relief. Before and after data will be gathered in every situation to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of a traffic management technique. Traffic management seeks to modify the behavior of drivers to what is appropriate for residential streets. The policies governing the intent and application of this program include:
- This program applies to existing residential streets that serve single-family residential neighborhoods. The neighborhood must be entirely within Davidson County. This program will work with neighborhood associations not individual citizens to accomplish its goals. A neighborhood association can vary from a long-term established group to a loose association established to accomplish neighborhood improvements.
- Cut-through traffic is defined as: traffic having no immediate starting point or destination in the greater residential neighborhood being evaluated. This traffic traditionally flows on the major roadways, but may be finding its way into residential streets.
- The amount of re-routed traffic that is acceptable as a result of a traffic management project should be defined on a project-by-project basis. It is not the intent of this program to simply relocate traffic or traffic concerns to other residential streets, although it may be desirable to balance traffic across a network of residential streets.
- Emergency vehicle access within and through neighborhoods will be carefully considered in the evaluation of traffic management and must be preserved in a reasonable fashion. It is recognized that certain traffic management techniques may result in increased emergency response times to certain streets and neighborhoods. These impacts must be understood and considered by the neighborhood when developing their traffic management program.
- Metro Public Works shall employ a variety of traffic management strategies and techniques to achieve the program objectives. Techniques that have less of an impact to residents will be utilized before harsher techniques are considered. Street conditions will be evaluated before and after use. All locations will begin with education and enforcement. If these efforts do not meet the program goals, physical changes or restrictions to the roadway will be considered.
- Traffic management strategies and techniques shall be planned and designed in conformance with sound engineering practices. All plans will be reviewed and approved by Public Works before implementation to ensure that proper engineering guidelines have been followed. Public Works will make changes as necessary to ensure safe, sound engineering principles are implemented.
- The traffic management program involves a strategic step approach to neighborhood traffic management. Collector streets in residential areas are essential to neighborhoods. They may be residential roadways, but handle a large amount of volume. We encourage the use of these roadways to relieve congestion on the rest of the neighborhood.