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New road helping link West End to North Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's a short bridge that should make a big difference for people living in north Nashville.

The 28th/31st Avenue Connector opened Tuesday morning, spanning Charlotte Avenue to Park Plaza behind Centennial Park, in hopes of easing traffic.

The 0.3–mile bridge and roadway link connects neighborhoods and creates a better line of traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and TSU to Centennial Medical Center, HCA and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mayor Karl Dean led a procession over the connector with other community members and the Pearl Cohn High School marching band.

"This bridge, connecting 28th Avenue in north Nashville and 31st Avenue in west Nashville, is more than just infrastructure, it is a symbol of bringing our community together. With today's opening, we are literally reconnecting two parts of our city that were divided over 40 years ago when the interstate was built," Dean said.

Metro committed to the project in 2010 and broke ground May 2011.

The new road, which cost the city $18 million, includes a bridge spanning the CSX railroad, a four-lane median-divided roadway, sidewalks and adjacent bikeways.

MTA will now also launch a new bus line called the University Connector to link six of the city's universities.

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