Get guidance in Nashville

It’s easy to get lost in a new city, but the good burghers of Nashville, Tennessee are introducing a new system which will help visitors and locals alike to be better able to find their way around the city, particularly if they are on foot.

Nashivlle Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) have unveiled a new Wayfinding sign and traffic guidance program to provide improved directional signage and maps for visitors in Downtown Nashville, North Nashville and West End. Nashville is the first large urban area to implement a multi-layered directional program of this kind.

Nashville’s Wayfinding program integrates pedestrian maps and signage, with local street and interstate traffic guidance signs. It is being implemented in three phases: The first, to be unveiled, is pedestrian map signage located in the city’s most travelled tourist areas. The second phase, which will be installed in the fall of 2011, integrates local roadway signs directing visitors to destinations. The third phase, planned next year, adds interstate signage directing visitors to areas of town.

Crews are installing the 155 Wayfinding pedestrian map signs around the city. Each sign features a three-dimensional map illustration oriented to the precise viewing position at that location for ease of use. The signs also direct visitors to the NCVB’s mobile website. In Phases 2 and 3, 362 local roadway signs and an innovative area-based system of Interstate signs will follow to complete the comprehensive Wayfinding system.

An additional 100 maps will be funded through the Metro Nashville Public Health Department’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, and will encourage residents to walk and bike to neighbourhood healthy food and recreation opportunities. The maps will be installed by Metro Public Works beginning this fall in North and East Nashville.

The new Wayfinding guidance system is made possible by a Federal Highway Administration grant awarded to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and 20 percent matching funds from Metro Nashville Government. The NCVB, Metro Nashville Public Works and the Nashville Downtown Partnership collaborated with the nationally-recognized company Informing Design to develop and implement the system.

Local attraction and hospitality industry leaders were engaged and actively involved in the Wayfinding planning process.

Maps detailing the locations of the initial 155 pedestrian signs being installed during Phase I are available by clicking here.

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