KCI (through the acquisition of RPM Transportation Consultants) worked closely with two Metropolitan Nashville Departments and numerous stakeholders to transform 11th Avenue, the main vehicular and pedestrian link between the Gulch and North Gulch. Located in the up-and-coming urban district, the outdated corridor was no longer able to adequately accommodate the area’s transit and lacked the trendy upscale vibe of the neighborhood. Originally a greenway project, it was quickly determined that a more comprehensive design was needed to efficiently accommodate the growing demand of vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and transit users. Serving as the prime consultant, KCI developed design and construction plans for a new safe and attractive Complete Street and greenway.
The pace at which local properties were developing required flexibility with the design and construction as new structures were erected. Attentive engagement with stakeholders was therefore required throughout.
Bob Murphy, PE, PTOE, RLSVice President, Regional Practice Leader
Our team provided professional land use negations, necessary documentation and approvals for essential right-of-way and easement acquisition and construction administration duties. Special attention to detail in the design and construction of the project was also required due to the manyhurdles encountered when constructing new roadway components within a 100 year old corridor. Design features included expanded sidewalks, greenway, and cycle tracks as well as livability and environmental design components like roadside bioretention zones, tree streetscaping, bicycle racks and an urban mini-park. As a pilot for future downtown greenways, the $2.9 million project set the design standard for creativity and efficiency in the implementation of new sustainable infrastructure in dense urban environments.
The new and improved 11th Avenue complete street:
- Improves multimodal accessibility
- Enhances the public realm
- Creates a walkable environment
- Promotes public safety
- Provides green space
- Infuses visual order by strengthening the sightline along 11th Avenue