Public works expects to have traffic signals working by midday

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 12:34pm
Staff reports

The Metro Public Works Department said Tuesday morning it expects to have those traffic signals knocked out by Monday afternoon’s storms restored by midday.

Drivers who encounter flashing and/or non-working traffic signals are asked to report the locations to MPW Customer Service by calling 862-8750.

MPW employees worked overnight to remove large trees blocking streets so that traffic could resume Tuesday morning. However, with the volume of debris from Monday’s storm, a second shift is continuing clean-up efforts Tuesday, and officials advise Metro residents that tree limb and debris pickups will occur as trucks become available.

More than 130 locations with trees down and blocking public streets or alleyways were reported by late Monday night. The majority of those have been addressed, but in a few areas MPW is working behind NES crews that still need to clear power lines out of trees before they can be cut up and removed. 

Clearing public rights-of-way will be the first priority, but residents who need storm debris pickups can contact MPW Customer Service for more information. Limbs and debris need to be placed at the curb; large tree trunks need to be cut up in sections, and no stumps will be picked up.  Complete guidelines for Metro brush and yard waste collection are on the MPW website at

In addition, per Metro code, tree services and landscapers hired to remove storm debris and other residential trees and brush are responsible for disposing of those items and should not leave them at the curb for MPW to collect. 

Metro residents can dispose of their tree limbs at no cost at the Bordeaux Mulch Facility on County Hospital Road or at the Omohundro Recycle Convenience Center off Lebanon Road. 

For more information, visit or call 880-1000.