28th/31st avenue connector more than halfway complete

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:28pm
Staff reports

Nearly a year in, construct of the 28th/31st avenue connector — meant to link parts of West End and North Nashville — is more than halfway complete, according to the Metro Public Works Department.

The bridge runs behind Centennial Park, and aims to connect neighborhoods and smooth traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University to Centennial Medical Center, Hospital Corporation of America and Vanderbilt University.

“When completed, the 28th Avenue Connector will reconnect two vital parts of our city and spur economic development,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “It will also showcase public art and help make Nashville even more pedestrian and bike-friendly, which are all important to me. With the project beyond the halfway point, I am pleased with the progress and am grateful to all the Metro departments that have partnered to make it a success.”

Mayor Dean and community leaders broke ground for the connector on May 24, 2011.

The connector will accommodate alternatives to car trips including new transit service, separate bike paths and wide sidewalks. The project — costing approximately $18 million — is estimated to be complete in September.

3 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 5/3/12 at 7:57

Where are all the people complaining about the cost? it's amazing that Tennessee passed a $1.5 BILLION transportation budget, and all of it went to roads...

Tennesse has to have alternative forms of transportation now!

By: dangerlover on 5/4/12 at 10:39

Agreed. My favorite part about this connector is that it will have bike lanes, but they won't continue onto 31st avenue. So you can feel safe riding your bike across the bridge, but that's about it. So stupid.

By: catenarykat on 5/6/12 at 1:34

I agree with MusicCity615, but in this case, the bridge is an important part of public transit plans, too. MTA had input, and there will be attractive transit stops to serve a cross-town route connecting North Nashville institutions such as Meharry, TSU, Metro General, etc. with Vandy and Belmont and the frequent West End service. This was discussed at MTA's budget hearing before the Mayor, which is archived at Metro 3 in case anyone's interested.
Also, dangerlover, what would be really stupid, in my opnion, is building the bridge without bike lanes. So often, roads are updated with bike lanes, only to find dangerous bottlenecks at bridges. It's like adding sidewalks--we have to start somewhere. I think it's just looking to the future.