Work is progressing on the new interchange at Broad Street, Memorial Boulevard and Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro as the project inches toward its December 2017 completion.
“The last quarter of 2016 has come and gone, and the bridge over Broad project continues to evolve,” said TDOT Region 3 spokesperson Kathryn Schulte. “The biggest change is the shifting of westbound traffic on State Route 96 to the new northwest ramp in early December.”
The project, awarded in July 2014 to Bell and Associates, had a May 2016 completion date. The project had some significant delays that required the date to be changed to December 2017.
In addition to the traffic shift, Bell and Associates has placed concrete for the footings and columns of the new bridge which can be seen on the Old Fort Parkway side of the interchange. Workers have also completed the concrete on all 10 of the project’s retaining walls. However, there is still work remaining on the interior walls.
Highways, Inc. has begun large-scale haul and placement operations for the material which will be used to construct the western abutment for the new overpass. As Highways continues that work, other items will become available such as storm drainage, the placement of select backfill behind the interior retaining walks, and landscaping.
As always, motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed, and be alert to changing road conditions in the construction zone.