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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.

Black-eyed susans along the 28th Avenue Connector

Flowers and foliage along the 28th Avenue Connector

28th/31st Avenue Connector Now Open

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Connector

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.

View time-lapse images of the bridge on opening day (For better results, choose full page view in the PDF window.)

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.

construction cameraAlthough 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.

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A "Complete Street," the Connector accommodates alternatives to car trips including new transit service, separate bike paths and wide sidewalks. The multimodal boulevard includes a public art component, and runs from Park Plaza to the south side of the Nashville and Western Railroad tracks.

28th / 31st Avenue Connector - Future View From Charlotte Pike
Artist’s rendering of completed Connector as viewed from Charlotte Pike (above) compared with actual project as it appeared on opening day. (below)

view of completed connector on north approach

28th/31st Connector Ground Breaking

Metro Public Works and its contractor Bell & Associates began construction of the 28th/31st Avenue Connector project following a groundbreaking ceremony on May 24, 2011.

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Project Team: Led by Metro Public Works Engineering Division, project team members include Metro Water Services Department, Metro Arts Commission, Metro Parks, Metro Transit Authority, Gresham Smith & Partners, Littlejohn Engineering Associates, CDM Smith Inc., and Bell & Associates. For additional information about the project, contact John Gregor, Metro Project Engineer with Public Works: 615-880-1661 or

Placing the final asphalt layer
2012-09 (September 2012)
The first art panels arrive
2012-08 (August 2012)