Division Street Extension Bridge May Make Downtown Nashville More Walkable

Dated: 10/16/2017

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by TJ Anderson

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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....

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