NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Members of the Metro Council had a chance Monday to see the new bridge designed to join two of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods.
The bridge will connect the Gulch to SoBro, making it easier to walk between 10th Avenue South and Pine Street over the train tracks.
The pedestrian bridge would cost the city $18 million.
Flags were posted along the proposed location and the “bridge” will be painted along the sidewalk at the beginning and end points.
The bridge will be 600 to 700 feet long and offer better walkability for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Click here to read more at Nashville.gov.
Metro city leaders first announced the project in 2013 and now three years later, it’s still causing controversy.
Metro councilman John Cooper told News 2 he’s concerned because he thinks tourists would mainly use the bridge but taxpayers all over Davidson County would have to foot the bill.
“If you’re going to rely on sales taxes, just sales taxes, we do collect a couple of cents a dollar. That would be over 800,000 meals a year that would be required to pay for the deficit of the bridge. So that’s a lot of people,” he told News 2.
Another councilman also told News 2 he thinks the city should use the money on sidewalks in other places of town.
Metro’s City Council is going to vote on whether or not the project will move forward Tuesday night.