More of Historic Downtown Reopens
Mayor Cooper’s Second Avenue Task Force Gathers Community Input for Long-term Vision as Progress in Recovery Enables More Access to Businesses There
More of historic downtown Nashville reopens today as Mayor John Cooper’s Second Avenue task force continues recovery and rebuilding efforts there.
Metro announced these changes, which will go into effect at 3 p.m. today:
- Church Street between First and Third avenues will reopen to public traffic. However, the sidewalks adjacent to ongoing construction will remail closed.
- Second Avenue between Church Street and Union Street will return to original traffic patterns, which is a one-way street.
“As more and more businesses reopen, we will continue to work toward safely opening up additional sections of streets for public traffic,” said Ron Gobbell, project manager for Mayor Cooper’s Second Avenue task force. “So far, nearly a dozen businesses have reopened on Second Avenue between Broadway and Commerce Street, and the sidewalks are open for pedestrians.”
The mayor’s Second Avenue team and Metro Departments continues to work with property owners in the zone as long-term recovery efforts continue. Since debris removal began, Metro Public Works has removed 67.66 tons of debris from the blast area, with additional debris removal by private contractors.
Construction along Second Avenue between Church and Commerce streets will continue for the coming months.