Davidson Street Multi-Use Path
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Public Works Director Randy Lovett and BPAC, celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Davidson Street Multi-Use Path and celebration of Nashville's bike and pedestrian enhancements.
Davidson Street Multi-Use Path Fact Sheet
About the Project
This industrial corridor serves as a gateway from Nashville's downtown core to over 2,000 acres of nearly contiguous open space and developed parks, which are connected by the award winning Music City Bikeway. These open space assets are poised to become a recreational and environmental legacy much like the Warner Park system. The Music City Bikeway also provides a vital connection between outlying neighborhoods and the downtown core making it an arterial route for bicycle commuters. The improvements will provide several benefits to the community including:
- Connect downtown residents and tourists to open spaces and recreational opportunities that encourage active and healthy lifestyles
- Improve safety of cyclists and pedestrians within an industrial corridor
- Improve water quality and reduce storm water runoff through green solutions
The project will provide a 8-12' wide multi-use path along the southern side of Davidson Street while protecting and buffering bicycle and pedestrian users from traffic by a combination of flexible delineator bollards, striping, concrete barriers and planters. The proposed multi-use path will begin at the northern end of the John Seigenthaler Bridge and terminate at the entrance to Shelby Park (approx. 1.75 miles).
The proposed multi-use path will vary in width to fit the existing road sections and preserve the existing traffic patterns. The narrowest section at eight feet wide will accommodate two-way cycle traffic only between the Seigenthaler Bridge and Korean Vets Bridge, and pedestrians will use the existing sidewalk. After the KVB overpass, the protected bike lane width will widen to 10-12' and transition to a multi-use path to accommodate shared bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Concrete barriers will be utilized in strategic locations to provide a high level of protection between bike/ped and vehicular traffic. These barriers may serve as a future canvas for community art projects that speak to Nashville's identity.
Additional improvements envisioned include bike/ped safety enhancements at the end of the John Seigenthaler Bridge, additional bike parking near LP Field and Cumberland Park, as well as, ornamental plantings and trees throughout the R.O.W. These plantings will reduce runoff to the Cumberland River improving water quality and improve the aesthetic quality of the Davidson Street corridor. A new “trailhead” plaza at the foot of the pedestrian bridge is proposed to enhance the area around an existing B-Cycle kiosk with street furniture and enhanced wayfinding and informational signage.
The total cost of the project was $839,000. Approximately 40% of the total project cost was for already scheduled paving and road rejuvenation. The Davidson Street Multi-Use Path opened with a ribbon cutting celebration on September 2, 2015.
Davidson Street Multi-Use Path Conceptual Plan
- Estimated Construction Schedule: March 2015 – August 2015
The project team is led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division.