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Stones River Greenway-Opry Mills Connector Public Notice

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Tennessee Department of Transpiration (TDOT) herein issues a public notice of their intent to file a Determination of Section 4(f) De Minimis Use related to the use of land associated with Two Rivers Park and Stones River Greenway for the construction of the Opry Mills Multi-Use Path in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. This involves the minor use of recreational land for the Opry Mills Multi-Use Path Project that would connect to Two Rivers Park and the Stones River Greenway, this portion of the greenway is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County – Parks and Recreation Department.

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County – Parks and Recreation Department proposes to construct a multi-use path from the Stones River Greenway adjacent to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge (part of the Stones River Greenway) to the Opry Mills Complex.

To complete this project, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County – Parks and Recreation Department will be impacting portions of Two Rivers Park and the Stones River Greenway in the following amounts:

  1. Two Rivers Park – Areas of impact is west of Briley Parkway, along the Cumberland River, and will not impact any recreational facilities in the park. An area of 1.0 acres will be disturbed temporarily for construction and 0.2 acres will be permanently dedicated to the use of the new Opry Mills Multi-Use Path.
  2. Stones River Greenway- The Stones River Greenway will be temporarily impacted for up to 1,550 linear feet or 1/3 of a mile between the Trailhead at Two Rivers Park and the end of the Cumberland River Bridge.

Additionally, the following details may occur as a result of the above impacts:

  • Every effort will be made to minimize any closure of the Stones River Greenway; however, there may be times where a temporary closure will be necessary to protect the public during construction as the proposed project ties directly into the Stones River Greenway and passes under the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.
  • When possible, all construction activities affecting Stones River Greenway will occur at work evenings. Weekend construction leading to closure of the Stones River Greenway will be avoided.
  • The use of flagmen will be utilized for any construction traffic conflicts on the existing greenway. Flagmen will also be utilized to hold traffic during any potential blasting operations that will occur in potential safety zones near the Stones River Greenway.
  • If an emergency event occurs during construction that creates an unsafe situation either under or immediately adjacent to the Stones River Greenway, the existing greenway will be shut-down immediately, and the situation will be resolved as quickly as possible so that the greenway can be re-opened.
  • Notices of potential temporary greenway closures will be posted at the Cooper Creek neighborhood connector, Forrest Green connector, Wave Country, the Two Rivers trailheads, and all other trailheads within a 5-mile radius and on the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County – Parks and Recreation Department’s website.
  • Following construction, the Stones River Greenway will be reconstructed to pre-construction condition through the area of the work zone which may have been damaged or temporarily relocated as a result of the construction of the Opry Mills Multi-Use Path.

This notice is in accordance with CFR 774.3(b)(i), which requires public notice to the official with jurisdiction over the Section 4(f) resource and concurrence in writing that the project will not adversely affect the activities, features, or attributes that make the property eligible for Section 4(f) protections or the official Determination of Section 4(f) De Minimis by the Federal Highway Administration.

Written statements should be submitted to the following address by February 19, 2019:

De Minimis Project Comments
Attn: Opry Mills Multi-Use Path Project
Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation
511 Oman Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cindy.Harrison@nashville.gov

The Greenways Master Plan

Greenway trails are developed following the master plan, shown below, which focuses on Nashville’s seven major waterways as well as dozens of routes recommended by citizens through various community plans.

Trail development progresses at an average of five miles per year, contingent upon funding, right of way acquisition, the design process and permitting. The greenways program is opportunistic, acting where land is available.

The Greenways Commission, advisory to Metro Parks, guides master plan implementation.

Greenways for Nashville, a vital friends group to the Greenways Commission, is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy group devoted to enhancing and advancing greenways. For information on becoming a member or making a donation, as well as volunteer opportunities, visit Greenways for Nashville

About Bikeways

The off-street trails provided on greenways combined with Nashville’s increasing on-street bicycle network and bike share facilities are making Nashville a bike friendly city.

The Music City Bikeway is a great example: a cycling route that utilizes greenway trails and bike lanes from Percy Priest Dam on the east side of Nashville, through downtown, to the Warner Parks on the west.

For information about Nashville’s many other bikeway routes and facilities, visit the Mayor's Office Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee page.

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