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Sobro-Gulch Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

Gulch Bridge Concept Drawing

The Sobro-Gulch Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project originated from a recommendation in the South of Broadway (SoBro) Master plan.

The SoBro Master plan formed a vision for the neighborhoods south of Broadway to lead the region in urban life by providing working, living, shopping, recreational, and entertainment opportunities in an attractive, inviting, and compact setting.

The plan called for a series of strategic initiatives and put forth recommendations that would seek to enhance the pedestrian experience downtown as part of revitalization efforts. Recommendations include creation of new parks, open space and trails, continuing complete street initiatives, and connecting the SoBro neighborhood to the Gulch.

SoBro Master Plan findings were that few east/west and north/south bike and pedestrian connections exist, especially between the Gulch and SoBro. The recommendation was made for a better connection to be made from the SoBro area to the Gulch through a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

The Sobro-Gulch Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project is in the design and planning stage to address that recommendation. The project is a 600-700 foot long bridge with the primary span over the CSX Railroad in the 300-400 foot range . Access to the Gulch side of the bridge will be provided via stairs and a glass elevator. SoBro access at 10th Avenue South will include stairs and a ramp.

The goal for the bridge is to both deliver neighborhood connectivity and be an experience in itself with landscaping and beautiful views of the skyline to northeast and rolling hills to southwest. It is to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Public Meeting

More than 100 attended an evening public meeting held at the Music City Center on November 13, 2013 to discuss the Sobro-Gulch Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. Metro Public Works and project team representatives presented information on the project and answered questions.

Persons with a disability, who require aids or services to participate at the meeting, may contact Rick Kirkpatrick ADA Compliance Coordinator via phone (615) 862-8635, TTY (615) 862-6747 or in writing at: Department of Public Works, 720 South Fifth Street, Nashville, TN 37210.

Project Team: Led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division, project team members include Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bell and Associates Construction. For additional information about the project, contact Jonathan Cleghon, Metro Public Works Project Engineer at 615-862-8595 or Jonathan.Cleghon@nashville.gov.