New Bridge Helps Connect North Nashville And West End
by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It was a project nearly four decades in the making but on Tuesday morning the new 28th/31st Street connector was finally opened as residents and politicians applauded it's potential to reconnect two parts of the city.
"It is a symbol of bringing our community together, with today's opening we are literally reconnecting two parts of Nashville that were divided over 40 years ago when the interstate was build," said Mayor Karl Dean at a bridge christening ceremony on Tuesday morning.
The project cost nearly $18 million and was finished on time and under budget. It not only gives drivers a straight shot from West Nashville to North Nashville, but pedestrians and bikers too.
"It's something the community needed, it's a connection, I guess you'd say it's a connection between two communities that is long overdue," said David Swett who owns nearby Swetts restaurant in North Nashville.
People who work in the West End area say they are a little concerned about the traffic the bridge will bring, especially toward the end of the work day.
"I think it's gonna be a pain at that 4 o'clock hour," said Kemoya Cook who works at nearby HCA.
Because of the bridges completion Metro Transit has also added a new "University Connector" bus line that will run between all of the cities major colleges.