Metro Nashville Public Works announces new phase of traffic-calming projects south of I-440

Residents in neighborhoods throughout Davidson County were asked in July to submit applications for areas in the city that would benefit from traffic-calming projects and techniques, including lowering speed limits and adding accommodations for pedestrians and other nondrivers, according to Metro Nashville Public Works.

More than 90 applications were received from residents of neighborhoods across the city, and of those, eight were selected Sept. 23 for traffic calming, including an area of the Battlemont-Stokes neighborhood, located just south of I-440 and west of I-65.

“This is certainly a program we would like to grow in future years. We see the need continuing to increase in many of our neighborhoods, and we are eager to tackle the challenges presented by increased traffic on our neighborhood streets,” MNPW Director Mark Sturtevant said in a release.

According to MNPW, neighborhoods were selected for calming projects based on four criteria: safety and crash history; average speeds; destinations in the neighborhoods; and the presence or absence of active transportation infrastructure, such as sidewalks.

Battlemont-Stokes had the second-highest score for MNPW neighborhood prioritization, scoring about 60 points in categories that included monitored speeds and the crash rate over the past five years, according to MNPW.

Other neighborhoods in Southwest Nashville, including Green Hills and Wedgewood-Houston, were included on a list of 50 of the highest scoring neighborhoods, but they did not have high enough scores to make the cutoff for calming projects.

Earlier this year, Hillwood and Belmont-Hillsboro West were selected for calming projects.

“As we continue our work in Nashville neighborhoods, we are seeing tons of community engagement in the process,” MNPW Program Manager Derek Hagerty said in a release. “We’re excited to begin work on this second group of projects and bring relief to local streets with speeding problems.”
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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