Downtown road construction drags on

Downtown road construction drags on (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Construction on the streets surrounding the new Music City Center downtown has hit a few bumps in the road and continues to cause traffic headaches.

The construction is the result of underground utility work for the new convention center. 

According to the Music City Center Web site, construction was supposed to be complete on Eighth Avenue and Demonbreun Street by January 24 and on other sections of Fourth and Eighth avenues by February 7.

The deadlines were initially pushed back to mid-February, mostly because of unexpected winter weather and unmarked utilities.

As is stands as of now, the road work will continue for another two weeks.

After that, drivers should begin to see some major improvement.

In the meantime, drivers will have to stay on alternate routes or deal with the road blocks.

Charles Douglas drives for a living.  He told Nashville's News 2 he's done his best to navigate the roads during the last several months of construction.

“The key is to learn the shortcuts and stay out of that vicinity because you know the streets are blocked off,” he said.

Others haven't been so lucky.

Cory Linton said, “If I'm thinking about it, I get myself another route.  Once in a while you get up there and realize it's a little too late and you [have] to just find a nice talk radio station to keep yourself interested.”

Work could have been done a lot quicker, but crews would have had to shut down the road to do so.  They figured that wasn't such a good idea.

Following the latest round of road closures, no future roadwork is expected by Music City Center construction crews.

However, Omni Hotel construction may impact Fifth Avenue traffic later this year.

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