This complete street project runs from 8th Avenue South to 2nd Avenue South. It will correct a fragmented street network and allow for better traffic distribution. It will also provide new opportunities for infill development and connections between Music Row, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Midtown, The Gulch with the Lafayette neighborhood, Fulton Campus, Howard Office Building, Rolling Mill Hill.
Currently, pikes radiate from the Korean Veterans Blvd roundabout as the principle-organizing element south of Broadway. In general, this pattern creates a well-connected network that relates to the local topography. The one exception is where the CSX railroad bisects the study area, limiting connections between The Gulch and adjacent neighborhoods to the east. Connecting Division St, which today dead-ends at the tracks, has been a consistent reference in previous plans and studies.
This project was a high-priority recommendation in the South of Broadway Strategic Master Plan completed in January 2013 as well as a proposed arterial boulevard recommended in the Metro Planning Department’s Major Street and Collector Plan as well as a recommendation in the Metro Planning Department’s Downtown Community Plan.
The Division Street Extension project is a complete street project to include sidewalks, a separated bike facility, transit accommodation, roadway and non-motorized lighting, bioswales and pervious pavements, and landscaping with native vegetation.
Metro Public Works is currently in the construction stage of this project which is projected to be complete in spring 2017. Construction began January 2016. Construction activities summer 2016 include:
- site grading
- storm sewer installation
- water line and sanitary sewer installation
- utility relocation
- retaining wall construction
- bridge abutment and pier construction
The project has a budget of $25 million. Average Daily Traffic (ADT) for the completed project is estimated at 14,000 to 16,000. The project including the bridge spans approximately ½ mile.
Project Team: Led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division, project team members include Gresham, Smith & Partners, Bell & Associates Construction, L.P., HDR | ICA Engineering, Inc. For additional information about the project, contact Jonathan Cleghon, Metro Public Works Project Engineer: 615-862-8595 or email: Jonathan.Cleghon@nashville.gov
Renderings in larger format (July 6, 2015)