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Church Street Undergoes Safety Improvements -- Kai Beech

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More than 17,000 drivers travel on Church St. between 9th and 14th Avenues in downtown Nashville every day.  

And with the number of accidents piling up in that section of town, city engineers have made some drastic changes.

“At the interstate we were having a lot of problems with accidents,” said Mark Macy, Metro Nashville Public Works engineering. “It wasn't as safe as we wanted it to be.”

To get it as safe as they did want it to be, Nashville Metro Public Works and the Tennessee Department of Transportation teamed up to spruce up this section of Church St.; spending about $50,000 to add extra turn lanes and more signage for drivers and a pair of new bike lanes for cyclists .

“I really, really enjoy it,” said local bicyclist Alex Dedman.    

Three times a week for the past six years, Dedman has ridden his bike to work in downtown Nashville.

And though he works at the downtown YMCA on Church St., Dedman never actually rode on Church St. because he says it was just too dangerous.

“No, I wouldn't ride up and down Church (St.) before,” he said. “I did it years ago and have been coming down Charlotte since.”

But what a difference a few days of hard work and a couple gallons of weather proof paint make. With the improvements, Dedman now uses the bikes lanes on Church St. and believes other will follow.

“We have more and more people trying to commute into Nashville,” he said. “It's a great way to start your mornings.”


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