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WASTE WATCH: Metro Council Puts Expensive Bridge Project on Hold

Updated: Wednesday, February 19 2014, 10:18 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - We're continuing to keep watch on how your community spends your money.

Some say Nashville was planning to spend too much of that money on a bridge some say doesn't benefit enough people.

The bridge to the Gulch would have cost up to $16 million if Metro Council hadn't stopped it Tuesday night.

The pedestrian bridge would have started  by Cummins Station and stretched across the railroad tracks to the Gulch.

The Pub Nashville manager Greg Hartley is among those who hoped the bridge would have been built.

He believes the project would have led to more tourists walking from downtown to his business.

"I think that bridge would've been an easier way for them to get over here," said Hartley.

Still many Council members believe Nashville should be spending that $16 million elsewhere on things like sidewalks and roads.

The potential costs aren't the only problem some have either.

Metro hired engineers to work on the bridge and the process was far enough along to have the drawings.

Public Works wasn't able to tell us how much of your money was spent, but Emily Evans, District 23, says the entire process was too far along for a bridge she says her fellow Council members were nowhere near approving.

"There is some back of the envelope work that gets done for major projects before they're proposed but that's not what we've done here. What we've done here is design work and we're ready to aquire right of way," said Evans.

It's one reason Evans helped defer the bridge and its potential for the Gulch indefinitely.

A Metro Public Works spokesperson tells us the bridge was still in the preliminary design phase and she says that amount of work is standard for a project of this type.

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