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What To Expect During Construction

February 24, 2011

In preparation for two expansion projects at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, we would like to inform faculty, staff and patients about several upcoming changes to traffic patterns around the hospital. For more information, go to

Doctor’s Office Tower expansion

  • Barricades and safety fencing have been installed near the corner of Children’s Way and 23rd Avenue to prepare for the build-out of the 10th Floor of the Doctor’s Office Tower.
  • Beginning Saturday, Feb. 26, one lane will be closed on Children’s Way, but the street will remain open to two-way traffic during construction.
  • A uniformed Vanderbilt University Police Department officer will be stationed at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and Children’s Way to help direct traffic. Signs also will be posted to help guide traffic flow. Construction is slated to last about 12 months.

Children’s Hospital expansion

  • On Monday, March 7, preliminary work begins for the hospital’s expansion project. Pierce Avenue will become a one-way street between Medical Center Drive and 23rd Avenue. The one-way section will flow westbound, toward 24th Avenue.
  • The sky walk around Children’s Hospital leading to the bridge over Pierce will be closed. Employee pedestrian traffic will be directed to ground level for access to The Vanderbilt Clinic and Preston Research buildings. Patient and family pedestrian traffic will be rerouted through Children’s Hospital. Detour signs will be posted.
  • The Green Route shuttle pick-up area will be moved from 23rd Avenue to Children’s Way just west of the 23rd Avenue intersection.
  • The Valet drop-off area in front of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Preston Research Building will be available for patients/guests only. All employees and other non-patient traffic should avoid Pierce Avenue for the duration of construction, also expected to take about 12 months.
  • A VUPD officer will be stationed at the intersection of Pierce Avenue and 23rd Avenue to assist automobile and pedestrian traffic flow. Additional traffic direction will be provided at key intersections along Children’s Way during evening rush hour.
  • Also, on the weekend of March 26-27, Pierce Avenue will be closed to all traffic for the installation of a construction crane. All traffic will need to detour via Children’s Way.