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Metro Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Manual

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The Metro Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (MNTMP) has been designed by Metro Public Works, with input from the Metro Planning Department, Metro Police Department and other Metro Agencies. This program will address speeding traffic on local residential streets used by nonresidents as cut-throughs to avoid congestion on major roadways and overloaded intersections. The goal of this program is to create an improved environment within neighborhoods that promotes safety for both the driver and neighborhood residents. The program focuses on a neighborhood as a whole, not just one street or intersection.

The traffic management program was created in response to an ever-increasing number of residents expressing concern regarding the safety and livability of their neighborhoods. People speeding on residential streets can pose a danger to children playing adjacent to the streets, walkers, joggers, bicyclists and themselves.

Neighborhoods that have problems with speeding motorists using their residential streets as cut-throughs are the main group this program is designed to help. For neighborhoods having other traffic related problems, Public Works will work with to find the appropriate solution to their problem.

Public roadways are open to all roadway users; however, users are required to follow the ‘rules of the road’ as set forth by both state and local laws. The program focuses on the simple rule of obeying the posted speed limit while driving on residential streets.

To determine if a neighborhood is eligible to participate in the program, the Public Works department will conduct field inspections, collect and analyze date, and work with residents to identify the types, causes and severity of traffic issues. If it is determined that the primary traffic problem being experienced by the neighborhood on local residential streets is non-residents cutting-through and not obeying the posted speed limit, the neighborhood may qualify for the program.

Our staff will work with the neighborhood to select traffic management techniques that aim to safely control traffic within the entire neighborhood not just at an isolated site. The techniques used must be compatible with street activities and adjacent land uses. Public streets are not intended to be play areas for children or adults. The traffic management program seeks to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorist and all other road users.

Some residents also drive through their own neighborhoods in an inattentive or careless manner. When residents speed in their own neighborhood, the best approach to solving this is a combination of enforcement and peer pressure. It is ultimately the neighborhood’s responsibility to help solve internal problems

This document provides guidelines, procedures, and techniques to assist Metro Public Works, Metro Nashville Police Department staff, and neighborhood residents in implementing traffic management projects.

Note: Major roads, arterials, collector streets, and multi-lane roads are not eligible for neighborhood traffic management. These roadways are meant to handle larger amounts of traffic at higher speeds than local residential streets. Other streets, because of their special conditions or individual characteristics, may not be eligible for this program. In addition, consideration must be given to the impact that neighborhood traffic management techniques may have on the ability of emergency responders to safely respond to emergencies. The traffic management program is intended to help neighborhoods associations help themselves.