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Nashville mayor’s $568M spending plan boosts education, transportation

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s newest $568 million capital spending plan includes a combined $275 million allocation to school and transportation improvements as well as a record investment in parks and green space.

A proposed $141 million investment in transportation projects includes a new $2 million Transportation Management Center and funding for traffic calming projects, bridge and roadway repairs and improvements to sidewalks and bikeways, according to details released Friday.

The plan devotes $134 million to Metro Schools, including $29 million to fund the completion of the long-awaited Hillwood High School in Bellevue and funding for construction and renovation at four elementary schools.

Cooper’s plan also earmarks $85 million to expand access to more than 60 acres of Metro parks and greenways, including a 10-acre park off Tusculum Road in Antioch, a $15 million contribution to improvements to The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and funds to create two new riverfront parks.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper's newest capital spending plan, released on Oct. 22, 2021, focuses on transportation, education and parks improvements.

The robust spending plan — nearly $100 million larger than the mayor’s last plan released in February — is possible due to Nashville’s “recent financial turnaround,” according to a statement from the Cooper administration.

“Nashville’s population increased by nearly a hundred thousand residents in the last decade — we’re a growing city with growing needs,” Cooper said in a statement. “We are addressing our growth in a smart, focused way, so that Nashville continues to work for everyone.”

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