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Grand Opening For Korean Veterans Boulevard Roundabout

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Korean Veterans Boulevard Extension, which will improve access to the area south of downtown Nashville, officially opened to the public on Wednesday.

Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon on the half-mile road and roundabout, which connects the Gateway Bridge to Eighth Avenue through SoBro on the south side of the Music City Center.

"The KVB extension, together with the Music City Center, is spurring development in SoBro and will be key in extending the vitality of our downtown district into that area," Mayor Dean said. "It also expands important transportation connections into downtown from the interstate. This new boulevard knits together Nashville's urban fabric by providing a sense of community between downtown and SoBro."

The festivities included performances from three members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will be located inside the Music City Center when it opens next month.

Since last year, only one lane has been open to drivers. The new additions included a designated bike lane, 24 new bike racks, sidewalks, transit accommodations, landscaping, rain gardens, recycling receptacles and LED sidewalk lighting. It also includes a new dual-lane roundabout.

The $41 million project, which began in December 2011, received funding from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. 

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