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Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian Bridge

Gulch SoBro pedestrian bridge concept drawing

Project Updates

March 2017: The Project is in the preliminary design phase. The public meeting was held and staff is addressing the public comments. In addition coordination with the adjacent properties and CSX is underway.

Project Description

The Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian 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 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 bridge.

The Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian 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.

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. Benefits include:

  • Improving walking and biking safety, convenience and connectivity
    • People are dissuaded from walking or bicycling when the route is long and out of the way. Existing routes between the Gulch and SoBro require backtracking and add a mile to a round trip walk or bike.
    • The existing routes have heavy and fast vehicular traffic, which further discourage walking and biking.
    • The addition of this bridge makes walking and biking both more convenient and more enjoyable, improving everyone's transportation options downtown.
  • Design that's both aesthetic and pragmatic
  • The focus on good design and landscaping will ensure the best return on the investment while also creating an icon for Nashville. This design focus will make the bridge itself a destination for locals and tourists.

The project continues to move forward finalizing the process of acquiring easements/right-of-way and as well as continuing to finalize design work.

Additional Project Information

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 Mark Macy, Metro Public Works Project Engineer at 615-345-6549 or