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Bridge Work, Festivals Make For Tough Traffic Weekend

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If you thought getting to and from East Nashville during the I-24 bridge project was tough before, this weekend you can add another major road closure to the stress.

Saturday the Korean Veteran Boulevard Bridge will shut down the connection to East Nashville for drivers.

It's trendy, happening, it's East Nashville.

"East Nashville is got it going on. This is where it is to be. People will find a way over here," said co-owner of Nuvo Burrito, Sean Perry.

Finding a way to some of the hot spots, like Nuvo Burrito, started getting a little difficult when TDOT announced its rehabilitation of  two bridges on Interstate-24 in downtown Nashville.

Perry says he was concerned at first, but for this business things actually picked up.

"I think it's because people in East Nashville felt confined and decided to just go ahead and get out in their own neighborhood and experience all the restaurants and shops and things that are right here," said Perry.

Co-owner of The Green Wagon, Tara Shields disagrees by saying, "it certainly has affected business. I'm the one that runs the numbers."

"It would be one thing if it was a couple of weeks, but it's going to be all summer," said Shields.

East Nashville business owners wanted to let everyone know they were still open for business during the construction, so they turned to YouTube with a video showing the alternate route-; but on Saturday that path, Korean Veteran Bridge, is cut off for the Nissan Taste of Music City Festival.

This also happens to fall on one of the biggest events for The Green Wagon, Block party for charity.

"We have all local bands, local food trucks and local beers. It's all a benefit for a local non-profit," said Shields.

For now business on Saturday is truly up in the air.

"We have great weather. I think we have all the reason to be optimistic," said Shields.

Perry followed by saying, "I guess we just have to wait and see what happens."

There was a conversation with Taste of Music City Festival organizers about changing the location, but the planning was just too far along for that to happen.

There will be police officers out to help with traffic and help finding the detour route.

Click here for suggested routes from TDOT and Metro Nashville Public Works.

Other Saturday events planned downtown include the Shoney's Family 5-K Fun Run; which is being staged at L-P Field and a private wedding is being held on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. The wedding is off-limits to the public on Saturday afternoon and evening.

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