Christmas events to bring road closures, bus detours Friday and Saturday

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:11pm

Those looking to get about town over the next couple days will need to do a little extra planning as several Christmas events will bring road closures as well as bus route detours on Friday and Saturday.

According to the Metro Transit Authority, starting at 3 p.m. Friday, no bus service will be provided on Woodland Street between South Fifth Street and downtown, so passengers in the central business district are encouraged to catch their buses at Music City Central.

And beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, and continuing until 9:30 p.m., several bus routes will be on detours due to the city tree-lighting ceremony, Rudolph Red Nose 5K Run and the Christmas parade. For detailed information regarding the route detours click here.

Those events, all downtown, will cause certain road closures expected to impact afternoon rush hour.

The 5K run starts at 6 p.m. from Victory Avenue at South Second Street in the LP Field and will track into downtown before ending back at Victory Lane.

The tree-lighting ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. in Public Square Park (in front of the Historic Courthouse).

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will stage across the Woodland Street Bridge to LP Field before beginning its route at First Avenue North and Union Street. It will then travel up Broadway to 10th Avenue, where it will end.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department the following road closures will be in effect:

• Westbound Woodland Street from Interstate Drive to Third Avenue North will close at 4 p.m.

• North First Street from Woodland Street to Jefferson Street will close at 4 p.m.

• Main Street, Russell Street, South First Street and South Second Street around LP Field will close at 4 p.m.

• Eastbound Woodland Street from Interstate Drive to Third Avenue North will close at 5:30 p.m.

• Second Avenue North will close at 5:45 p.m.

• Broadway between First and Eighth avenues will close at 5:45 p.m.

• Broadway between Ninth and 13th avenues will close at 6:45 p.m.

• Commerce Street between Eighth and 10th avenues will close at 6:45 p.m.

• Ninth Avenue South between Demonbreun Street and Broadway will close at 6:45 p.m.

• The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge will close at 6:15 p.m. for the fireworks display.  The bridge, which is in the fallout zone for the fireworks, will reopen immediately after the display has concluded.

Also, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 5:30 p.m., MTA bus route 34 Opry Mills will be on detour due to the Donelson Christmas Parade.

That route detour is as follows: from downtown (local trips), at Lebanon Road and Briley Parkway, left on Briley Parkway, exit at Opry Mills and continue the regular route; to downtown (local trips), on McGavock, continue onto Briley Parkway towards I-40, exit on Lebanon Road and right on Lebanon Road to the regular route.

For more information on MTA detours and routes, visit or call MTA Customer Care at 615-862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 12/6/12 at 1:42

Christmas: a time for self-indulgent spending, gorging, xanax, and drunken family disputes. America has become a truly lovely place.

If someone can direct me to a dignified habitat, I'd gladly give thanks.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/7/12 at 7:36

You got that right.

By: joe41 on 12/8/12 at 10:23

Jughead, I am sorry that you live in a dysfunctional family situation. I do not, and truly enjoy Christmas for its religious and family time. I hope that you can find some peace.


By: Ask01 on 12/8/12 at 10:27

The festivities scheduled Friday, were at a time certain to adversely impact the average working person trying to go home at the end of a work week. When preparatory lead times are considered, the result was a further nuisance with which commuters were forced to deal at a time when they need no extras.

The question is, for whom were these Friday events staged?

For the working people, as a momentary diversion from their problems, or as an opportunity for local politicians and public figures to stage public appearances to benefit them?

With my total disdain and contempt for local politics and their supporters, my money would be on them deciding the public would just have to deal with the inconvenience, which would serve as a reminder to the serfs they don't matter.