Work is scheduled to begin Monday on a two-phase project to install major infrastructure improvements and a new driving surface to the public alley adjacent to the Ryman Auditorium, according to Metro Public Works department officials.
The Ryman Alley, which runs between Fourth and Fifth avenues north, also serves as the main delivery and service route for several downtown merchants that front Broadway. A joint effort between Nashville Electric Service, Metro Water Services Department and Public Works, the project includes upgrading existing electric service and installing improved storm water management for businesses along the alley.
“The Ryman Alley is one of Nashville’s true treasures, and this project will further improve an already vibrant area by making it even more pedestrian friendly,” Mayor Karl Dean said in a release. “Along with providing much-needed infrastructure improvements, the project also lays the foundation for any future enhancements by merchants in the area.”
The work will be conducted in two sections so that one end of the alley can be accessible during construction, and to minimize disruptions to businesses, vehicles and pedestrians. Phase I begins Monday and will require closing roughly half of the alley on the Fifth Avenue side while NES excavates and removes an underground vault, then installs electrical upgrades. Once the NES work is completed, new water and storm water lines will be laid, followed by new paving on that section.
The project is expected to require four to six months of work.