Mayor Karl Dean will cut a ribbon across Deaderick Street, the state's first 'green' street, at noon Thursday outside the Public Square.
The streets transformation came with improvements including repaired sidewalks, new trees, a new green median, landscaping, upgraded street and pedestrian safety lighting, additional on-street parking and new solar-powered parking meters.
Work on Deaderick Street began last October after the removal of MTA’s bus terminals, which were replaced by Nashville’s new downtown transit station Music City Central, according to the Mayor's Office. The project was aimed at making Deaderick an attractive and pedestrian-friendly boulevard.
The improvements are part of a long-term redevelopment plan for Deaderick that encourages enhanced building street-fronts and new commercial activity.
Tuesday's celebration at the corner of Deaderick and Third Avenue North will include musical entertainment by One Flew South, featuring Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and Transit, a band formed by Nashville MTA employees.