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8th Avenue South Multimodal Study

About the Study

photo of community discussion

The 8th Avenue South Multimodal Study is a partnership between the City of Berry Hill, Metro Nashville, and TDOT. Funding for the study was made available through the Nashville Area MPO.

The purpose of the study is to assess the changing land uses along the 8th Avenue South corridor and develop recommendations that improve safety, quality of life, and economic viability along the street while also maintaining mobility and accessibility for a variety of travel modes. The ways in which we get around Nashville involve more than just cars, and often impact neighborhoods that one drives through. This study is assessing how this corridor can be updated to evolve into a place for people to live and work as envisioned by NashvilleNext and the City of Berry Hill’s Community Development Code, while maintaining local and regional mobility needs.

Please note: the recommended concept from Phase 1 and various potential concepts for Phase 2 continue to be investigated, and no decision has been reached for either segment of 8th Avenue South.

Phase 1

map of Phase 1 areaPhase 1 of the study examined the portion of 8th Avenue South mostly within the City of Berry Hill from Wedgewood Avenue to Berry Road. Findings from Phase 1 are linked below.

The Phase 1 Multimodal Study Report

Phase 2

Map of Phase 2 area

Phase 2 is currently underway, and examines the area from the roundabout at Korean Veterans Boulevard to Wedgewood Avenue within Metro Nashville. The adjacent traffic flows to I-65 from Wedgewood Avenue are also under study.

The Phase 2 study is planned for completion in fall 2017. The study will help optimize the corridor for today and future travel needs. A portion of the study recommendations, involving necessary lane striping, may be implemented when TDOT repaves the corridor. Repaving is currently scheduled in 2018. Other transportation components, outside of the pavement width, are part of this study with additional recommendations around streetscape, transit stops, sidewalks, utilities, and building parameters.

Current study status

The Phase 2 study kicked off in March 2017, and the traffic engineering and planning consultants, Kimley Horn, performed updated traffic counts in spring 2017. They are currently assembling the data, determining how permitted developments might impact traffic, factoring in a growth rate, and will produce modeled traffic data that will inform the study.

Additionally, crash, speed, and turning movement data is being studied. While data analyses are underway, the Phase 2 Steering Committee is guiding the study process. The Steering Committee is composed of residents, business owners, property owners, elected officials, planners, and engineers from Berry Hill, Metro, and TDOT. Metro planners and engineers are gathering input from residents on how to improve the corridor as a city street that will continue to develop with a mixture of housing, commercial, and retail opportunities.

Open house and walking tour

Community member discussing issues with planners

About seventy community members participated in an open-house meeting at Room in the Inn on April 25, sharing their input and discussing possible options for the corridor. The following summarizes feedback from the open house:

Phase 2 Study Material

Frequently Asked Questions and emailed comments about the study will be posted soon.

Related Materials

Comments and questions

Comments through June 2017 (126 pages)

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