Metro urges motorists to avoid roads; snow clearing delayed

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 12:23pm
Staff reports

Metro Public Works Department officials are advising Davidson County residents to avoid driving Thursday due to snow- and ice-covered roads throughout Nashville.

In addition, trash and recycling collections for Metro customers have been suspended for the day. These routes will be serviced on Saturday.

Metro winter roadway crews will be at work throughout Thursday clearing priority routes, and fewer vehicles will allow them to work quicker and more efficiently than otherwise, the department said in a release. Temperatures well below freezing have made salt mostly ineffective, but plows have been able to clear at least one lane of traffic on the city’s major routes. Drivers should delay travel plans for several hours Thursday, if possible, when officials expect better road conditions.  

Overnight operations were hampered due to heavy traffic, multiple accidents and abandoned vehicles, but Metro crews continued working to address strategic priority routes, the department said. Local streets and residential subdivision roadways, especially those in rural, hilly parts of Davidson County, will be cleared, if needed, later today.

Metro Nashville's priority A and B routes comprise 1,800 lane miles of major roadways that serve as emergency routes and access to the downtown Central Business District and government centers, hospitals and major shopping centers. Non-priority routes and residential streets are addressed once A and B routes are cleared for safe travel. Public Works maintains approximately 5,700 lane miles of roadways countywide.

Residents are encouraged to report dangerous road conditions to the Public Works Customer Service staff by calling 615-862-8750.  Requests can also be submitted online using the Customer Service Online link at  or via email the Customer Care email address which is accessible at

4 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 11:29

One inch of snow...unbelievable

By: TITAN1 on 2/10/11 at 2:03

Yet the roads were very bad. We don't have the equipment like up north because this winter has been an exception and not the rule. The amount doesn't matter, it is the fact it was already below freezing and hit just before rush hour. You don't put salt down until after the snow starts and then the trucks were also in the traffic. Then once the temp got even colder the salt no longer works. TDOT does the best they can. If we had a bunch of plows sitting idle most years then people would complain and say we were wasting money.

By: delltechkid on 2/10/11 at 3:26

@ Titan1 - I agree. I'd rather have some inconvenience on occasion due to the snow than the costs required to have full on snow removal equipment like up north.

By: dangerlover on 2/10/11 at 4:09

Agreed. It's kind of like how people in New York start dying when the temperature gets above 90. They don't have the means to deal with heat like we do down here. I was pretty surprised at how stupid some of the drivers were yesterday. They clearly don't understand simple traffic dynamics principles, like blocking an intersection is a bad idea.