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Broadway Expansion To Give Pedestrians More Room

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 20:49:31-04

A new plan to expand a portion of the sidewalks along Broadway in downtown Nashville hopes to improve pedestrian safety. 

The plan was unveiled this week and would permanently widen the sidewalks on the north side from 3rd Avenue to 4th Avenue.

"It’s crowded with tourists, it’s crowded with people who live here, it’s also a neighborhood. So making sure we have pedestrian safety along that Broadway corridor is really important," Mayor Megan Barry said on Tuesday.

Additionally, Metro Public Works crews will lay down brick and place barriers along the street.

It's expected to cost between $250,000 to $300,000. 

Two years ago, bike racks were put into place to give pedestrians more room, but that plan was only supposed to be temporary.

However, merchants in the area are concerned about taking away parking for musicians who use these spots. 

The project is set to get underway in August.