November 13, 2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Projects
Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment, was recently awarded a contract to provide planning, surveying, design and construction inspection services for Phase 1 of the new Thompson’s Station Greenway. The project is in the Williamson County community of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., approximately 30 miles south of Nashville. The greenway will support alternative transportation methods as a viable, convenient and safe travel option for the community, which has dealt with increased congestion on local roadways during recent years. It also aims to better connect residents to the town’s scenic countryside and provide improved access to local schools, parks, businesses and historic landmarks.
“The Thompson’s Station Greenway is an exciting and rewarding project for our firm’s land planning and design team,” said Doug Sharp, RLA, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We recognize the value of greenway, trail, streetscape and multi-modal transportation projects and we’ve seen how much they can improve real estate values and residents’ quality of life. In this case, the greenway will provide pedestrian and bicycle connectivity that doesn’t otherwise exist, since nearby Highway 31 does not have sidewalks. Thompson’s Station is a great town, and our work will provide more options for accessing its many destinations and appreciating its beautiful landscape.”
Phase 1 of Thompson’s Station Greenway will be a 2.8-mile asphalt trail running from Tollgate Village to Thompson’s Station Park. The route passes under Highway 840 loosely paralleling the high-volume Highway 31. Phases 2 and 3, to be designed and constructed at a later date, will complete the Thompson’s Station Greenway Trail system. The project is funded by a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Enhancement Grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
“Each day, more than 20,000 cars drive the local stretch of Highway 31 and volume continues to increase, so city leaders are proactively seeking out solutions to roadway congestion issues,” commented GS&P’s Mike Hunkler, P.E., project principal. “We look forward to providing the Thompson’s Station community with alternative options for traveling between work, home, church, school, shopping and the town’s growing recreational areas. Embarking on Phase 1 is a major step towards the end goal, which is a continual multi-modal trail throughout Thompson’s Station and extending to Spring Hill that preserves the original countryside. We are confident that GS&P’s experienced planning and design team understands the town’s vision and objectives and will exceed expectations for the new greenway.”
GS&P’s Land Planning market encompasses numerous areas of expertise, including master land planning. The firm’s full-service, in-house capabilities support comprehensive land planning work. From transportation to infrastructure and stormwater management to utilities, GS&P has the expertise and experience to address potential obstacles and objectives when working toward a client’s vision for a site. GIS analysts, surveyors, planners, landscape architects and engineers each provide unique perspectives and invaluable insights to ultimately achieve clients’ master planning goals in a sustainable, constructible, cost-effective manner. The firm is currently providing master planning and design services for Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in Brentwood, Tenn., and recently completed the River Road Scenic Corridor Management Plan in Louisville, Ky.