Downtown commuters rejoice, the Broadway Bridge will soon reopen.
The project, which demolished and replaced the aging bridge that crosses over 11th Avenue and the CSX Railroad, is scheduled to be completed in October but will partially reopen to traffic on Sept. 8.
Rebekah Hammonds, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said the project is currently on schedule and on budget.
The existing bridge was built in 1948 and showing signs of deterioration, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Crews closed the roadway in July to begin demolition.
The new bridge will turn what was previously a center turn lane into an 8-foot median which will give extra cushion on either side for pedestrians. The bridge will still have six lanes, three traveling either direction, but will not have a protected bike lane.
While the bridge will reopen, traffic will still be slow as crews continue to finish up work on the bridge.