Division Street Extension Bridge May Make Downtown Nashville More Walkable

Dated: 10/16/2017

Views: 746

by TJ Anderson


Image title



With the continued influx of new Nashvillians from more traditionally walkable cities — New York, Chicago, D.C. — we’ve seen more and more support here for moves that make Music City more foot-friendly and generally more navigable.


One project that seemed to get a lot of attention, and a lot of appreciation: The Division Street Extension Bridge, which opened to traffic this week after years of planning and work.


The bridge, which extends Division a half mile from 8th Avenue South to 2nd Avenue South (map above), should be a particular benefit to downtown residents and Gulch dwellers, giving them easier access to each other’s nightlife and dining.


Those two parts of town aren’t the only ones benefiting, though — neighborhoods from Music Row and Belmont on the west side of town to Rolling Mill Hill hugging the river get to enjoy opened-up travel options.


Image title


There’s still a little work left to be done on the bridge, but once everything’s complete (expected in mid-November), we’ll be taking advantage of walking-focused amenities including wide sidewalks, a pedestrian plaza at Ewing Avenue and Ash Street, bright LED lighting for night strolls and more. For bikers, there’s a buffered lane in there too.


Image title


This should be the first of a number of new transit paths opening up to Nashvillians in the coming years — the Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian Bridge is expected to follow in 2019, spanning 600 to 700 feet and arching over the CSX Railroad tracks (drawing from Nashville Public Works below) to give even more downtown walkability. Construction on that project hasn’t started yet, but more than a few Nashville homebuyers have told me that they think it’ll make downtown homeownership that much more appealing, if/when it comes together.  


Image title


On Tuesday, Oct. 17, when Mayor Megan Barry unveils a major transit plan to city leaders, word is we’re going to hear about some more bold initiatives, including an underground tunnel that’d pull proposed light rail cars and electric buses from narrow downtown streets, The Tennessean says.


These are big projects and big changes for our midsized city. As someone who travels Nashville’s highways and byways more than most — I show Nashville-area homebuyers properties stretching from Gallatin to Franklin on any given day — I’m hopeful about changes and possibilities. Particularly if more walkers and bikers and expanded mass transit means less Nashville traffic.


What are your thoughts about the new Division Street Extension Bridge and the other Nashville transit projects in the works? Always love to see client (or soon-to-be-client) thoughts on the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page.


If you’re looking for a new home close to these pedestrian projects — or further out in the country — I’d be thrilled to help you find it. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.

Blog author image

TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

Latest Blog Posts

Adult Learning With Nashville Community Education

by TJ AndersonThere’s a lot I don’t miss about school. Midterms. Homework. Missing the bus. But I still love learning new skills and picking up new bits of wisdom, and I think most adults

Read More

Own The Beauty Of A Historic Nashville Craftsman Or Tudor With The Ease Of New Construction

by TJ AndersonWe’ve worked on a slew of Nashville homes in recent years, both top-to-bottom renovations and foundation-to-roof new builds. Regardless of whether we’re bringing new life to an old

Read More

Getting Your Nashville Home Ready To Sell This Summer

by TJ AndersonIf you’re planning on selling a home in Nashville, there are some tried-and-true, year-round kinds of prep you’ll want to take on, from deep cleaning to decluttering. But beyond

Read More

Legendairy Milkshake Bar And Frisson Soft Serve Take Ice Cream Over The Top In Nashville

by TJ AndersonFrom time to time, I can subscribe to the “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing” axiom. And apparently, so does the new Legendairy Milkshake Bar, opening in June at 171

Read More