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100 plus attend public hearing on Gulch-SoBro pedestrian bridge

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More than 100 Nashville neighbors attended a public meeting Wednesday night about a landscape changing bridge that would connect two growing neighborhoods downtown.

The estimated $15 million Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge is a suspension bridge with a towering support in the middle would link Pine Street in the Gulch to 10th Avenue in the area south of Broadway known as SoBro.

"If you imagine, you're in a tug-of-war, if you're pulling back on a rope, that's what they tower does.  That tower pulls those cables back and balances the over hanging part of the bridge," explained Public Works Project Manager Jonathan Cleghon.

The money for the project has already been appropriated in Nashville's 2013-14 Metro capital budget but several steps, including public input, remain before the building the bridge is a done deal.

One key player in the project is CSX Railroad.  The company has a busy rail yard which the bridge would span.

CSX approval is needed, but Metro planners say the trick is to have construction design that would get the bridge built without disrupting train traffic.

Metro Public Works officials say Omaha, Nebraska has a similar bridge in concept.

It connects the city's riverfront to Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is just across the Missouri River.

Wednesday's meeting on the bridge included a presentation followed by a question and answer session at the Music City Center.

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