Some much needed parking relief is coming to the Nashville Farmer's Market in the form of street parking, thanks to changes in the traffic pattern surrounding Bicentennial Mall.
According to city officials, 6th and 7th Avenues are going to be resurfaced and changed into one-way streets instead of two-way streets. That will allow the streets to accommodate angled parking instead of simply parallel parking, which is expected to add about 50 more parking spots.
"More than 150 local businesses operate throughout the year at the market, and we're committed to supporting and fostering their growth by improving accessibility for market customers," Tasha Kennard, executive director of the Nashville Farmer's Market, said.
The parking problem arose largely due to the construction of the new State Museum, which took away about half of the Farmer's Market parking.
Officials with the Farmer's Market met with both city and state officials to work out a solution.
"We shared the feedback received from vendors and visitors with city and state leaders when construction began last summer and immediately started working on solutions that would benefit the community," Kennard explained. "This project is a great example of how the city, state, and community can work together to improve our city and support services that are valued by our residents."
The roadway and parking improvements are expected to be completed by the end of April.