28th/31st Ave Connector Project
Completed in the fall of 2012, this Public Works Complete Street project includes landscaped bioswales to capture the stormwater runoff from the road. Bioswales are depressed landscape areas designed to remove silt and pollution from the water runoff before releasing it to the water table or the storm drainage system.
The 0.3-mile bridge and roadway link, connects neighborhoods while creating a better line of traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and TSU to Centennial Medical Center, HCA and Vanderbilt.
28th/31st Avenue Connector Now Open
The official opening of the 28th/31st Avenue Connector project uniting parts of West End with North Nashville was celebrated with a Grand Opening event for the community on Tuesday, October 2. This 0.3–mile bridge and roadway link, connecting neighborhoods while creating a better line of traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and TSU to Centennial Medical Center, HCA and Vanderbilt, was opened on schedule and completed within its $18.5 million budget.
Watch the Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting
View time-lapse images of the bridge on opening day
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Mayor Karl Dean and community leaders broke ground for the long–awaited connector on May 24, 2011. The project included a bridge spanning the CSX railroad, a four–lane median–divided roadway, sidewalks, and adjacent bikeways.
Although the Connector is substantially complete and has been opened to traffic, the contractor still has to finish the landscaping of the median and roadside green strips. Some of the plant material could not be installed until late in the year due to availability and seasonal planting requirements. All this work is expected to be completed by the end of December 2012.