Celebration held for newly reopened Historic Ryman Alley - WKRN News 2

Celebration held for newly reopened Historic Ryman Alley

Posted: Updated: April 12, 2012 02:47 PM

Downtown Nashville celebrated Thursday following the completion of a renovation project on the historic Ryman alley located next to the Ryman Auditorium.

The alleyway has attracted tourists for years as it was used by many country music legends as a link between the backstage of the Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway.

Renovations to the Ryman alleyway located between Fourth and Fifth avenues wrapped up Wednesday after eight months of work.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean visited the newly renovated alley Thursday at 11 a.m. for a celebration luncheon catered by the Nashville Downtown Partnership.

"The Ryman Alley is one of downtown Nashville's true treasures," Dean said. "This project helped preserve the authenticity of the famous alley, while also taking steps to ensure it is a safe, scenic and pedestrian-friendly area for residents and tourists to visit. I look forward to Ryman Alley becoming an even bigger part of the appeal of our tourist district and adding to the energy of our downtown."

The celebration included entertainment from the Howling Brothers. Grand Ole Opry member Larry Gatlin also appeared as a special honorary guest.

Since September of 2011, construction crews have moved utilities underground and updated the drainage system.

They've also added new fire hydrants, light fixtures and red concrete to update the alley's appearance and function.

Despite a few setbacks, the $400,000 project was completed slightly ahead of schedule.

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