NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The historic Ryman Alley has a brand new look and the city of Nashville came out to celebrate.
Thursday marked the grand re-opening of Ryman Alley, the walkway where performers move from backstage to Lower Broadway. The Alley has become a landmark in the country music world as the way for Grand Ole Opry and other performers to move between the backstage of the Ryman Auditorium and the honkytonks of Lower Broadway.
"The Ryman Alley is one of downtown Nashville's true treasures," Dean said. "This project helped preserve the authenticity of the famous Alley, while also taking steps to ensure it is a safe, scenic and pedestrian-friendly area for residents and tourists to visit. I look forward to Ryman Alley becoming an even bigger part of the appeal of our tourist district and adding to the energy of our downtown."
Thanks to a $400,000 dollar project, new concrete replaces the old pavement that was cracked and buckled. The new color also gives it a red carpet feel. Officials said the red brick color was chosen by merchants and members of the downtown group, The District.
Other improvements include a new drainage system, storm water lines, and electric upgrades.
"Ryman Alley will continue to be a service alley with loading docks and trash bins, but the work Metro and the merchants are putting into beautifying it and making it safer can also mean it will become more of a pedestrian gathering place," Dean said.