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Convention center construction hits full throttle

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Buildings are being demolished to make way for the new convention center. Buildings are being demolished to make way for the new convention center.
Roads are closed and detours set up for drivers around the Music City Center site. Roads are closed and detours set up for drivers around the Music City Center site.
Construction on downtown water mains will continue until summer. Construction on downtown water mains will continue until summer.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The sound and fury of construction is approaching full throttle in parts of downtown Nashville.

Buildings seem to disappear daily, and drivers deal with ever-changing detours south of Broadway.

Most of it is the initial construction for a new Music City Center, a $585 million project to host conventions that was approved last month by the Metro Council.

At the corner of Seventh Avenue and Demonbreun Street on Friday, a steady pounding could be heard as crews dug a trench through the street for a new water line to convention center.

A block away, a giant crane hoisted equipment from the soon-to-be-demolished Musician's Hall of Fame & Museum.

In the huge parking lot just south of the Bridgestone Arena, there are piles of torn down fences amidst a series of drills.

A few blocks away, construction to replace aging water mains makes an obstacle course for parts of Second Avenue and the last block of lower Broadway.

Through it all, drivers have a whole bunch of new signs to follow.

The water main construction in various parts along Broadway will continue until at least mid-summer.

The convention center construction will last until 2013, but the next few months will show some dramatic changes.

Convention center project manager Larry Atema said, "Over the next few months we will continue to excavate the site and create a very large hole."

Once the 16-acre hole is finished, Atema said the footings and foundations are the next step.

After that, the convention center building will begin to take shape.

Atema expects the digging to begin next week.

As for the parking and detours, daily information is listed on the Music City Center Web site, NashvilleMusicCityCenter.com

ParkItDowntown.com also has a list of street closures and parking options.

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