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Demonbreun Viaduct

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OK... so I've never seen a picture of this bridge. I mean a full-view shot. One thing I'm curious about is if the designers and planners had enough foresight to build steps from the overpass to the sidewalk of the street below (11th Ave??). Everything I've seen in pics has shown just the detail of the posts. In addition to the steps, has traffic capacity been increased? Or is this viaduct just the old one rebuilt with choo-choo trains?

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...EWS05/610240347

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OK... so I've never seen a picture of this bridge. I mean a full-view shot. One thing I'm curious about is if the designers and planners had enough foresight to build steps from the overpass to the sidewalk of the street below (11th Ave??). Everything I've seen in pics has shown just the detail of the posts. In addition to the steps, has traffic capacity been increased? Or is this viaduct just the old one rebuilt with choo-choo trains?

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...EWS05/610240347

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There are no steps yet. There is talk that the viaduct will become more of a "street" than a bridge in the future with Gulch buildings built to the bridge with access. I'm sure that would include public access as well. Capacity seems the same which I agree with. There is a center lane and outside bike lanes. It fits within the future Gulch context quite well imo. Steps can come later. Right now, they would probably be used more as a Porta-Potty for the wanderers.

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No steps??? You gotta love the bass-ackward thinking of government bureaucrats... LOL. Plus, aren't the 'choo-choos' visible only on the lower level? How many cars travel that route?

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Don't have much to add on the bridge, other than it is the same # lanes as before. But, I don't think it was ever a significant traffic bottleneck.

I was looking for a place to show this Gulch diagram, however:

AGulch2.jpg

It shows the relationship of the bridge to some of the proposed projects, including:

> The Icon - 22 story condo under construction

> Terrazo - 14 story upscale condo, construction imminent

> The Velocity - a large, 6 to 8 story mid rise development with affordable apartments

> The Sliver Bldg - a rumored 16 story condo on a narrow lot (hence the knickname, Sliver)

> The Rhythm - 14 story mixed use, mostly condo, on Demonbreum, construction imminent?

> The rumored W Hotel

> And of course, the new bridge

There are already some loft apartments and condos, some unique, live music venues and some of the fanciest restaurants in town. It is becoming the 'coolest' neighborhood in town. You could run into Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Pamela Anderson or many other celebs down there.

Picture updated per following comments! \/ \/

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Nice diagram but I think Sliver is on the other side of Division.

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The limited building area was the reason they went so verticle. I can not recall the footprint sq ft but it was very small in relation to the height.

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Here are some shots of the bridge. I have been documenting the progress of the Demon. bridge from beginning to end on my gulch blog. There are plenty more photos there. Its mostly just wide shots to show the progress. I will hopefully be adding some more photos in the next day or two.

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Great diagram of projects slated for the gulch, locations and relative size, PH. And great photos of the Demumbreum St bridge, Southside J. When does the bridge open for traffic? Very soon, I believe. Also, that bridge really should have steps down to 12th Ave.

Just imagine the 7 or 8 cranes that could be rising from the area of the diagram in the relatively near future. What a sight that will be!

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The bridge opens tomorrow around 8, after the ribbon cutting, speeches, and concert. It looks ready, all sparkly and clean with the banners up. It'll be like old times using that bridge, but the Gulch sure is looking different. Can't wait for your next visit Hank. Lots of stuff rising out of the ground now. Pretty cool.

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Reasonably quiet (for a change). Working too much, but still finding time to get through town on the way home to see what's changing. I made the trip to see the cranes ( I need a life) on the way home today.

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LOL!! I make it downtown from time to time myself. I just need to take the camera along with me more.

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Don't forget the Eakin project @ 12th and Demonbreun that is rumored to have almost a half million sq ft of space. It is at the site of the tire dealership and across the street @ access car rental.

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So where/when has that information on Eakin's project been announced? I recall that they said the property is zoned to hold up to that amount of square footage (office??) already. But I don't remember anything more specific.

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A little bird told several of us when visiting the Terrazzo model at the L&C tower. There was an article in the paper quite a while ago about the purchase of the property and Gateway Partners, which I think is the name of the entity. As for anything else, we have to go off of, the off the record comments made by a few people in the know.

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Hmm...it's a touch more plain than I was hoping for, but I like it. Does anyone have some shots of the actual surface of the bridge? I REALLY hope that they put some actual usable sidewalks on it this time. I tried one time and ONLY one time walking from SoBro to Music Row over the old bridge and it was a little scary because there was literally nothing separating you from the car traffic.

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I agree with you BNA... seems like they could have at least vented the side walls a bit... you know, to kind of break the concrete monotony. I think they tried with those trapezoidal shapes.

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Although I haven't actually seen it yet aside from pictures, it looks like the sidewalks are fairly decent sized...and I've heard that there are bike lanes separating the road from sidewalk

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From the ceremony tonight... they were handing these out:

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And... a couple pictures on the bridge (sorry my camera isnt the best, hah):

IMG_4946-2.jpg

Sidewalk:

IMG_4955-2.jpg

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Glad to see the sidewalks and bike lanes. Maybe i'm being overly critical here, but why not put in a planted median? What good is a turning lane on a bridge anyway?

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Thanks all for the info and pics. That one above shows a whole different angle of Nashville.

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Glad to see the sidewalks and bike lanes. Maybe i'm being overly critical here, but why not put in a planted median? What good is a turning lane on a bridge anyway?

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