NDOT Tactical Urbanism Guide Wins ACEC-TN Award

8 / November / 2023

Barge was awarded an Honor Award for the Nashville Department of Transportation & Multimodal Infrastructure (NDOT) Tactical Urbanism Guide at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on November 7. The customized guide is designed to help Nashville residents revitalize their neighborhoods.

NDOT selected Barge as the lead project planner and engineer to craft a comprehensive guide that simplifies the process residents follow when suggesting neighborhood enhancements. The guide provides citizens with a new, easier, and faster way to propose short-term, low-cost, and scalable solutions for specific infrastructure issues in their communities.

In the project’s early stages, the project team conducted extensive peer city reviews nationwide to develop a strategic plan for an easy-to-use guide for residents to follow when proposing urban project improvements. Barge then collaborated with NDOT’s transportation team for critical planning elements and strategic implementation to complement the department’s program, promoting safer pedestrian areas.

Residents are now empowered to take ownership of their neighborhoods, creating a safer and more beautiful place to grow as a community through traditional leading-edge transportation efforts. They are already encouraged by $500,000 in grant funding for transportation projects. Prioritizing projects promoting equity and NDOT’s Vision Zero Plan, the guide will offer solutions to all urban communities with an added focus on highly vulnerable areas and those in high-injury networks.

The Tactical Urbanism Guide will unite people in revitalized, meaningful spaces and offer residents a feeling of belonging that strengthens communities. Safer roadways and sidewalks will invite people outdoors to walk and cycle with neighbors or discover inspiring creations designed by artistic residents. NDOT’s Tactical Urbanism Guide opens a window to hope for a brighter road ahead.


Barge teamed with subconsultant Fairpointe Planning, who assisted with coordinating community engagement and a stakeholder review session.