The process to transform a portion of Fifth Avenue North to a two-way street will get underway Thursday with blocks of the avenue closing periodically through Saturday, May 11.
A spokeswoman for Metro Public Works said Fifth Avenue North from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway, which is currently a one-way street in the northbound direction, would be converted to a two-way street with work beginning Thursday and expected to finish Saturday, when it should be fully converted to two-way traffic.
Beginning Thursday blocks of Fifth from Broadway to James Robertson Parkway will be closed to traffic and parking while crews work on the transition. Each block is expected be shut down for about three to four hours.
Affected intersections include Broadway, Commerce, Church, Union, Deaderick, Charlotte and James Robertson Parkway. For a closer look at a map showing the affected area, click here .
Metro police will be directing traffic around the roadwork, and deliveries will be allowed throughout the project duration.
According to Public Works, the opening of the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel have pushed the need to improve access along Fifth Avenue, north of Broadway. Residents and business owners, however, voiced their opposition to the change months ago .
Construction related to other projects including Fifth Avenue of the Arts will be continuing, and Public Works advises drivers to use caution while traveling through the area over the next several weeks.
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