Work crews at bombing site

Crews work in March near the Christmas Day bombing site on Second Avenue North in Nashville.

More of historic downtown Nashville has reopened as Mayor John Cooper’s Second Avenue task force continues recovery and rebuilding efforts there.

Metro announced these changes, which went into effect at 3 p.m. Friday:

Church Street between First and Third avenues will reopen to public traffic. However, the sidewalks adjacent to ongoing construction will remain closed.

Second Avenue between Church Street and Union Street will return to original traffic patterns, which is a one-way street.

“As more and more businesses reopen, we will continue to work toward safely opening up additional sections of streets for public traffic,” Ron Gobbell, project manager for Cooper’s Second Avenue task force, said in a news release. “So far, nearly a dozen businesses have reopened on Second Avenue between Broadway and Commerce Street, and the sidewalks are open for pedestrians.”

The mayor’s Second Avenue team and Metro departments continue to work with property owners in the zone as long-term recovery efforts continue. Since debris removal began, Metro Public Works has removed 67.66 tons of debris from the blast area, with additional debris removal by private contractors.

Construction along Second Avenue between Church and Commerce streets will continue for the coming months.

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