A proposal to build a street connector on 28th Avenue North, bridging parts of West End with north Nashville, is back on the table.
The 28th Avenue Connector –– a project discussed by residents and Metro officials for years –– had been a part of Mayor Karl Dean’s capital spending plan for the current fiscal year, but spending projects were temporarily delayed following May flooding.
A bill authorizing the acquisition of property for the 28th Avenue Connector, via negotiations or condemnation, is now set to go before the Metro Council on Sept. 7. The council will consider the ordinance on the first of three votes.
Mayor’s office spokeswoman Janel Lacy said Dean intends to include funds to construct the 28th Avenue Connector when a new capital spending plan is submitted to the council this year.
The connector would unite the stretch of 28th Avenue North that ends at Charlotte Avenue with 31st Avenue North, which stops at Park Plaza near the headquarters of HCA Inc.
The idea behind the project is to bridge neighborhoods by enhancing street access from north Nashville destinations like Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University to West End’s Vanderbilt University, Centennial Medical Center and HCA. Lacking direct access, drivers must currently navigate through side streets to go from one neighborhood to the other.
“It will ease the traffic flow through there,” said Councilwoman Edith Langster, who represents the area.
Langster also stressed the 28th Avenue Connector would only affect the industrial district near the railroad tracks, not the nearby north Nashville business district that includes establishments such as Swett’s Restaurant.