Family’s effort to remember loved one helps sidewalk project clear major hurdle

Lindsey Urdahl (Courtesy: Kelly Urdahl)
Lindsey Urdahl (Courtesy: Kelly Urdahl)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — City officials in Donelson have been trying to get sidewalks on Lebanon Pike for years.

On Thursday, a sidewalk project cleared a major hurdle and it’s because of a deceased woman’s family.

Lindsey Urdahl, 26, was walking home on Lebanon Pike after a long shift at McDonald’s on Nov. 23, 2010.

It was dark, raining and she was walking along the narrow shoulder of the road to make the way back to her apartment.

Urdahl had just moved to Nashville to pursue a life dream of becoming a singer, leaving her family and friends in Washington state.

Around 5:35 a.m., a driver swerved only slightly but he hit Urdhal. She later died from her injuries.

Her family later sued the state since Lebanon Pike is maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The lawsuit said the shoulder on Lebanon Pike wasn’t wide enough to protect people walking on it and a judge agreed.

“We wanted to make a point that something needs to change,” said Urdahl’s mom Kelly from her new home in Idaho. “To make it better for anyone else so they don’t have to go through the same thing we went through.”

On Thursday, the design plans were approved by the ADA so the sidewalk project will move forward.

“Just the thought of protecting one other citizen is wonderful news to us,” said Kelly Urdahl. “So we’re very excited that this is happening.”

There are other procedures that need to take place before public works can break ground. A timeline is ready at this time, according to officials.