Fourth Street Re-Opens To Vehicular Traffic After More than 30 Years
Tuesday June 29, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson officially re-opened Fourth Street today to vehicular traffic for the first time in more than 30 years, driving in a street rod through a portion of the street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. “With Fourth Street open again, we will experience a more bustling and vibrant corridor than we’ve had in two generations,” Abramson said after driving a street rod through a ribbon to mark the re-opening of the street. The parade of nearly 100 street rods for the opening event rekindled the cruising days of Fourth Street in the 1950s and 1960s before it was closed as part of River City Mall in the early 1970s. Small fireworks, confetti cannons and a 1,200-balloon drop from the catwalk near Hard Rock Café and TGI Friday’s also marked the re-opening ceremonies. As part of its development agreement, The Cordish Company will be able to close Fourth Street for special events, such as concerts and parties. “When the street is open, trolley service will continue along Fourth Street right through 4th Street Live!, creating a valuable and direct link from one end of our downtown to the other,” Abramson said. Fourth Street Live! is providing opportunities for new jobs and a new destination for visitors. The project is 25 percent full and the tenants collectively have hired more than 500 employees thus far. The summer schedule includes numerous special events and concerts, which will require closing the road, are at the following times: · Wednesday, 12 p.m. – Thursday, 4 a.m. for The Hot Country Nights concert series · Thursday, 6 p.m. – Friday, 4 a.m. · Friday, 5 p.m. – Saturday, 4 a.m. for Fifth-Third Bank Friday Night Live! · Saturday, 6 p.m. – Sunday, 4 a.m.