Downtown roads now blocked for CMA festival

Downtown roads now blocked for CMA festival (Image 1)

With the 2013 CMA Music Festival just days away, roads are starting to close downtown.

Broadway from First to Second Avenues, First Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Street, and Fifth Avenue from Korean Veterans Boulevard to Broadway all closed for the week on Monday.

The closures mean some added congestion for those who work and live downtown.

Shelly Grona has worked downtown for six years.

She says the annual festival is something you have to plan for.

“It makes it hard to get downtown and there's nowhere to park,” said Grona. “There's people everywhere. So it's kind of crazy.”

Don Sexton said it makes his job difficult.

“Because I don't park close, having to move in and around and navigate the crowd does make it cubmersome,” he said.

The road closures mean an increase in already slow traffic, but not everybody minds.

“It's wonderful. And the nice thing is even though we might get slwoed down a little with traffic, we all get to go and be a part of the festivities,” said Mike Jenkins

Most say the crowds and traffic are just a part of downtown Nashville and they get used it.

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