East-West Connectivity Options
The City of Brentwood has launched a Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Study to identify options for east-west connectivity of the City’s bike and pedestrian system across or under the Interstate 65 corridor. The City currently has an extensive multi-use trail network east of I-65 with a more limited network west of I-65. The long-term goal is to overcome the divide created by the I-65 corridor and create an east-west connection to expand the bike and pedestrian network within the community.
A community meeting was held on January 23, 2018 to introduce various bicycle and pedestrian options to residents. Below is a map of those proposed options with descriptions.
Proposed East-West Connectivity Options
Connecting from the existing bike lane on Knox Valley Drive, this route heads east on Concord Road by way of a proposed multi-use trail. Along Concord Road, the route crosses two existing bridges that travel over a CSX railroad line and the Little Harpeth River, connecting back to an existing multi-use path at Wilson Pike. This route will include protected intersections at main routes to create a safer commute for pedestrians and bikers. The route turns off Concord Road and heads north along the existing CSX railroad right-of-way, passing underneath Interstate-65 until reaching Wilson Pike Circle. Here, the route heads west along Wilson Pike Circle by way of a multi-use path, ultimately connecting to Franklin Road.
Connecting from the greenway trails of Tower Park, this route heads west underneath Interstate-65 by one of two options: taking advantage of the existing culvert, or boring a new tunnel underneath Interstate-65. Once through, the route travels south along the TDOT exit-ramp right-of-way until reaching Concord Road. Here, the route travels west along Concord Road by way of a proposed multi-use path, crosses an existing bridge that passes over a CSX railroad line, and continues until reaching Franklin Road.
Connecting from the greenway trails of Tower Park, this route heads west underneath Interstate-65 by one of two options: taking advantage of the existing culvert, or boring a new tunnel underneath Interstate-65. Once through, the route travels south along the TDOT exit-ramp right-of-way and travels beneath the existing railroad bridge until reaching Concord Road. Here, the route travels west along Concord Road by way of a proposed multi-use path, crosses an existing bridge that passes over a CSX railroad, and continues until reaching Franklin Road.
Connecting to the existing shared used path along Concord Road, this option utilizes the Concord Road right-of-way and five existing bridges to cross Interstate 65 and the CSX rail corridor. With options to fit within the existing bridge width or to construct new, standalone bridges, this becomes a restricted and potentially costly option. This route provides multiple connections to Tower Park and Concord Park and continues to Franklin Road. Various protected intersections will be considered throughout this corridor.
Connecting from Knox Valley Drive, this route travels west on Wikle Road by way of a shared-use travel lane. Once the route meets Interstate-65, it will transfer into a greenway trail, traveling over the interstate. Once over, the trail traverses north through Flagpole Park and Wikle Park until reaching Wikle Road once again, taking advantage of the existing at-grade crossing. Here, the route becomes a multi-use trail until reaching a proposed protected intersection at Franklin Road.
Connecting from the greenway trails of Tower Park, this route heads west under Interstate-65. Then the route travels north along the Little Harpeth River until reaching Franklin Pike. Here, it turns south until it reaches a protected intersection at Murray Road and Franklin Road.
In June of 2015, the Brentwood Board of Commissioners created a Bike and Pedestrian Ad Hoc Committee to provide the Board with recommendations for the short-term and long-term improvement or expansion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs in Brentwood. The Committee completed its report and delivered it to the City Commission in August of 2016.