Bridge proposed to connect So Bro, Gulch - WKRN News 2

Bridge proposed to connect So Bro, Gulch

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

So Bro and the Gulch are two thriving communities in downtown Nashville separated by a railroad yard.

Metro is examining the viability of a pedestrian bridge that would connect the two locations.

The bridge would span 640 feet and cost approximately $15 million.

It would be a suspension bridge, never touching any part of the rail yard.

"It will probably be built in two or three pieces. They will hang it in place and then connect all the screws," explained Director of Engineering for Metro Public Works Mark Macy.

If built, it would connect the area around Cummins Station in So Bro to the area behind Bar Louie in the Gulch.

The idea was hatched during community meetings and engineers are now pushing it forward as part of a feasibility study.

"Ten years ago the whole Gulch area was pretty drab and now look what's happening in the last 10 years. It's a beautiful bridge. The challenge is how to design it and build it over an active rail road yard," Director of Engineering for Metro Public Works Mark Macy said.

College student Tatiana Angulo lives and works in the Gulch.  She told Nashville's News 2 she things a land bridge would open up a myriad of possibilities that includes increased revenue for both parts of town.

"I'm really excited, I feel it will connect two worlds into one. I think bringing more urban life to the Gulch is great, like [a] New York environment where people can walk to the restaurants and the shops," she said.

City officials say it adds to the over revitalization of the downtown corridor. Ultimately the rail road will have to sign off on the plan as well.

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