Downtown employees, local and state government plan ahead of NFL Draft traffic


Ahead of the NFL Draft, people who work in downtown Nashville are planning ahead of the traffic to come.

Nekos Barnes works downtown and has his work days all planned out for the NFL Draft.

“I’m just not going to come into work,” said Barnes. “I might come down for a half a day, see the sights, check it out, and then maybe leave at lunch and then work the rest of my day from home.”

Like so many others who call downtown their office, Barnes said it’s necessary to plan ahead of the hundreds of thousands of people coming for the Draft.

“If I wasn’t able to work from home, I would probably take a couple of days off,” said Barnes.

Matt James also works downtown on Church St.

“My plan is to be likely working from home,” said James. “It’ll just save me the hassle of traffic.”

Some employers are even encouraging employees to work remotely to help ease congestion.

The Dept. of Human resources tells News 2, while state government will remain open, it’s encouraging its workers who can work from home, like data analysts, to do so.

Metro Nashville offices and departments will be closing early on April 25th and 26th at 3 pm.

In a statement, Mayor David Briley encouraged businesses downtown to consider shifting work hours to help alleviate traffic.

Hume-Fogg Magnet School downtown will also be closing early on April 25th and 26th at 1 pm.

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