Historic Ryman Auditorium alley undergoes renovations

Historic Ryman Auditorium alley undergoes renovations (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of Music City's most historic and popular alleys is undergoing renovations.

The alley beside the historic Ryman Auditorium, located between 4th and 5th Avenues in downtown Nashville is one of the most visited alleys.

Many tourists flock to the site each year to get a close look at the walkway rumored to have been walked by legends who performed on the Ryman's stage.

“We read some place that some of the greats [would] sneak out in between breaks at the Grand Ole Opry to go have a drink over here at Tootsie's so we kind of wanted to see the path they would take,” said tourist Jamie Braith.

Despite the alley attracting a lot of tourists and pedestrians, it still serves as a working alley.

Gwen Hopkins-Glasscok is the spokeswoman for Metro Public Works which begun making improvements to the alley on Monday.

“As you can see, there is a lot of wear and tear that has occurred on the alley over the years,” Hopkins-Glasscock told Nashville's News 2.

She continued “When we are done it will be all completely new infrastructure, there will be underground electrical service, there will be new water and storm water lines and then we will have a new driving surface on the alley.”

The improvement project is a combined effort between NES, Metro Water and Metro Public works.

The project is expected to last four to six months.

When completed, the new and improved alley will have updated utilities for the businesses and a new look for visitors.

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