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Can Building a Bridge Improve Pedestrian Safety in Nashville?

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About twice a month, a pedestrian accident occurs in downtown Nashville. City authorities have deemed the situation severe enough, especially if you include cyclist accidents, to warrant a construction project designed to increase the safety of those walking or cycling through our downtown area.

A plan has been approved by a 30-2 vote to construct a bridge between The Gulch and South Broadway for pedestrian traffic. The local businesses, which will benefit from the bridge, are to fund most of the bridge’s costs through taxation. Additionally, the city has plans for an extensive city sidewalk project.


According to the 2010 US Census, the Nashville metropolitan area has a population of almost 1.6 million people. That is a lot of potential drivers and pedestrians. As such, Davidson County has a higher potential for pedestrian accidents than most Tennessee counties.

In 2013, 280 pedestrians were involved in Tennessee traffic crashes in Davidson County. Only Shelby County surpassed that number with 382 last year. In 2013, Tennessee had a total of 1,331 pedestrians involved in traffic accidents.


If you or a loved one is injured by a reckless driver while walking Nashville’s streets, or if you wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, call us today.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

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