Metro Council to discuss NDOT proposals to reduce traffic deaths

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Mayor John Cooper and Councilman Zack Young announced plans Friday to introduce a resolution embracing the Nashville Department of Transportation’s Zero Vision Action and Multimodal Infrastructure Five-Year Implementation Plan.

In January 2020, Mayor Cooper announced his commitment to Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all deaths and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility options for all. Mayor Cooper said he now hopes to continue implementing the two NDOT plans to help him reach the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries.

“Vision Zero is an important part of my effort to build a safe and walkable city for Nashville residents in all neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Cooper. “I am grateful to Councilman Young for introducing this resolution that honors those lost traffic accident victims and protects future generations of Nashville residents. I urge the Council to pass this important resolution at the earliest opportunity.”

The Vision Zero Action Plan lays out strategies based on the five elements of transportation safety: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, and Implementation. The plan also outlines the high-injury network of the most dangerous roads and intersections across Davidson County for people walking, biking and driving.

“The Vision Zero Action Plan is a thoughtful and innovative strategy to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike,” said council member Zack Young, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at Metro Council. “Our committee’s focus continues to support rapid, accessible, safe and affordable transportation options for all residents. The approval of this plan is an important step in the right direction toward moving forward with exactly those goals.”

The plan also makes specific commitments to projects, policies, and programs over the next five years based on the Five E Framework, focusing on specific sites in the high-injury network. These policies will include quick-build projects, capital projects that are more time-consuming and cost-intensive, and enhanced community education and law enforcement.

“Vision Zero principles are at the core of everything we do here at the Nashville Department of Transportation and our intermodal infrastructure, and safety is our top priority,” said Diana Alarcon, director of NDOT. “We are very grateful to Mayor Cooper for his leadership in making Nashville a city with zero vision, and we appreciate Metro Council for all the ways they support our department in bringing plans like this to reality.”

Mayor Cooper and Councilman Young will present these plans to the Metro Council later this month.

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