NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A warning for downtown drivers as big changes could cause a hold-up in your commute starting Thursday near 8th Avenue South and Lafayette.
Drivers traveling towards or away from downtown Nashville on 8th Avenue South near Lafayette will be diverted west of the roundabout construction to a new temporary road.
For drivers on Lafayette, you will no longer be able to drive to 8th Avenue Now you will be rerouted at 7th Avenue South to Lea Street in order to get to 8th.
Lea Avenue between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue, which is normally a one way street, will turn into a two way street during the construction.
"One reason why we're implementing this change is to keep traffic out of the area where the new roundabout will be constructed so that we can get in and get it completed," said Metro Nashville Public Works spokesperson Gwen Hopkins-Glascock.
To keep everyone safe there are plans to have an area for folks walking, keeping them away from the danger of traffic and the construction site.
"We've added a special pedestrian detour for anyone who needs to get through the project area on foot," said Hopkins-Glascock.
To avoid congestion, here are a few suggested detours:
2nd Avenue South (one-way) for inbound travel and 4th Avenue South (one-way) for outbound travel
Travel through The Gulch using Division Street and 12th Avenue South to Demonbreun or Broadway, and 11th Avenue South to Charlotte Ave
Use Palmer Place and 10th Avenue South to Demonbreun and avoid congestion at the 8th Avenue/Lafayette intersection.
From Lafayette, take Elm Street to 2nd Avenue or 3rd Avenue S for inbound travel.
This is part of the Korean Veterans Boulevard expansion-- which is expected to be completed in December, costing $10.7 million.