Project Description On December 10, 2004 Fort Negley was reopened to the public following an investment of almost $1,000,000 by the City of Nashville. The Fort was originally built in 1862 and had been closed to the public since 1945. Dowdle Construction worked alongside Moody Noland Architects and the Metropolitan Nashville Parks Department to develop elevated woodened walking paths and platforms, interpretive signage, planting of native grasses, and a new entrance gate for the Fort.
Since Fort Negley is an archeologically protected site, Dowdle Construction hired an archeological team to monitor all work. Due to the sensitive nature of the site, no footings could be dug for the elevated boardwalks and no motorized equipment could be used inside the Fort. That meant that all materials had to be hand carried inside the Fort. Several large dump truck loads of gravel were dumped at the entrance to the Fort and moved inside the Fort using wheel barrows.