GS&P-Designed Division Street Extension Bridge Completes in Nashville

Grand Opening Ceremony Celebrates Improved Connectivity and Multi-Modal Access

November 30, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that the GS&P-designed Division Street extension bridge and Complete Street project in Nashville has completed. The half-mile multi-modal extension bridge opened to traffic in October but reached full completion including landscaping just prior to the grand opening ceremony held on November 28. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry joined leaders from the Metropolitan Public Works Department of Nashville and Davidson County as well as project leaders from GS&P to cut the ribbon and discuss the project’s benefits. The extension runs from 8th Avenue South to 2nd Avenue South, providing a critical connection from the booming Gulch district through the SoBro community, while linking major transportation arteries including I-40.



“This extension is about connecting neighborhoods and improving safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians alike,” said Diane Regensburg, P.E., senior transportation engineer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “It adds to Nashville’s growing roster of Complete Streets, evidencing the city’s commitment to the multi-modal solutions that are vital components of vibrant communities. GS&P’s team was honored to work with Metro and our sub-consultants to address the project’s unique challenges and ultimately deliver this important piece of infrastructure that will benefit in our city in so many ways.”
 
“As Nashville’s sixth Complete Street, this bridge extension plays an important role in our growing city,” said Amanda Neighbors, P.E., Metro Nashville Public Works. “It will improve quality-of-life for everyone who travels through the area, and support essential development along this dynamic corridor. GS&P’s solution maximizes the project’s social, economic and environmental benefits, opening new doors in our community and helping us take another step forward into our city’s future.”
 
The project includes four traffic lanes along with a new buffered cycle track and wide sidewalks for pedestrians. It features rain gardens and bioswales as elements of green design, reducing the speed of stormwater runoff and thereby decreasing the amount of pollutants that reach tributaries and rivers. The design also includes narrow traffic lanes which minimize the overall impervious area. Vibrant LED lighting and native landscaping add to the project’s aesthetics and make it visible from nearby I-40. The structure is designed for low maintenance with weathered steel beams and a continuous concrete deck with only a single expansion joint at the western abutment.
 
GS&P’s Transportation professionals deliver comprehensive planning, design, environmental, architectural and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast.  The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions.

“This extension is about connecting neighborhoods and improving safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. It adds to Nashville’s growing roster of Complete Streets, evidencing the city’s commitment to the multi-modal solutions that are vital components of vibrant communities.”

Diane Regensburg, P.E., GS&P senior transportation engineer
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