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.