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Busy Nashville Weekend Brings Heavy Traffic

Posted at 9:23 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 19:48:25-04

Traffic increased more than usual Friday night with several events happening downtown Nashville, and that trend continued through the weekend.

On Saturday morning, in preparation for Tennessee State University's homecoming parade, Metro police closed Jefferson Street from 10th Avenue North to the TSU campus at 7:30 a.m.

The I-40 west exit ramp at Jefferson Street was closed also to prepare for the parade.

In addition, the following closures were in effect:

•    John A. Merritt Boulevard from 28th to 33rd Avenues
•    12th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
•    14th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
•    16th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
•    Meharry Boulevard between 12th and 16th Avenues
•    Phillips Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
•    Jackson Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
•    Ireland Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
•    W. Heiman Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues
•    Scovel Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues
•    Beasley Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues
•    Ed Temple Boulevard between Dr. Walter S. Davis Boulevard & Albion Street.

TSU's homecoming game against Eastern Kentucky began at 6 p.m. Saturday at Nissan Stadium.

Outside from TSU's homecoming festivities, pop-singer Adele has been set to perform at Bridgestone Arena Saturday and Sunday nights.

Chris Stapleton will also be performing at Ascend Amphitheater.

Metro police issued a statement Friday afternoon that they do plan to step up patrols to assist with traffic flow downtown.

The Nashville Predators began its season home opener game Friday night verses the Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena causing some fans to head downtown earlier to get a decent parking spot.

"We parked at Nissan, but traffic is pretty bad today because of the rain and everything," fan Brad Layman said.