This summer TDOT will be repaving 8th Ave, from the roundabout downtown all the way to the I-440 bridge. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink one of our iconic corridors and make it significantly safer for people who live, work and travel along this street. 8th Ave runs through the heart of South Nashville, but it is a high-speed road with only partial sidewalk coverage and infrequent and unsafe crossings. It's time to live up to all the plans. It's time to fix 8th Ave.
Last night, Nashville Metro City Council passed the ‘Sidewalk Bill’ BL2016-493, a significant step in catching up to the huge need for Nashville Sidewalks. The bill, which goes into effect July 1, increases developer requirements to build sidewalks or contribute to the in-lieu fee (a fee that funds sidewalks built by Nashville government instead of the developer).
We’ve talked a lot about the impact of this bill in previous blog posts, but to reiterate the key points:
Nashville’s streets only have about 19% sidewalk coverage.
At current municipal budgets and costs, it would take between 125 and 635 years to build 1,900 miles of the highest need sidewalks.
Among other policy improvements, this bill creates requirements for single and two-family houses to implement or pay in-lieu fees for much of the county where none existed before.