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Nashville plans elevated greenway above Interstate 440

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Nashville's Elevated Greenway (Metro Parks and Recreation)
Nashville's Elevated Greenway (Metro Parks and Recreation)

Nashville, Tennessee is planning a 7-mile elevated pedestrian and bicycle greenway. The $40.2 million dollar project would run along Interstate 440.

Located in the state-owned right of way, the greenway would link area parks and possibly link to another new greenway near the Fairgrounds Nashville. The exact design and location of the greenway has yet to be determined. Early imagery of the project shows it immediately alongside and rising above the interstate.

(Metro Parks and Recreation)

(Metro Parks and Recreation)

To fund the project, Metro Nashville has applied for a $30 million grant from the Federal government. The grant would come from the Department of Transportation’s Tiger Grant program which is expected to release $500 million for similar projects this year. Tiger Grants are specifically designated for alternative transportation infrastructure.

(Metro Parks and Recreation)

(Metro Parks and Recreation)

Nashville already has over 80 miles of greenway bike and pedestrian paths. Most of these are located along waterways and natural areas. This new path, integrated into the freeway system, would be decidedly different given its location next to an interstate.


(Metro Parks and Recreation)

Initial renderings of greenway along interstate sound wall. (Metro Parks and Recreation)

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