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Murfreesboro road work continues on schedule
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The project to ease congestion at one of the busiest intersections in the state is coming along nicely, according to a recent update on progress taking place in Murfreesboro at the intersection where Broad Street meets Memorial Boulevard and Old Fort Parkway.
“Great progress was made in the final months of 2014,” said TDOT spokeswoman Heather Jensen. “Much of the work was underground, as crews relocated utilities. The new year will bring more utility work, but also the start of ramp and retaining wall construction.”
The Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization identified the intersection as the most congested in Murfreesboro. The average daily traffic on Old Fort Parkway/ Memorial Boulevard is 27,240, and the average daily traffic on Broad Street is 31,420, meaning that nearly 60,000 vehicles pass through the intersection every day.
Plans are to ease constant congestion by building a bridge on Memorial Boulevard that will create an overpass over Broad Street.
“Activity will increase in the work zone in the coming months,” Jensen said. “In addition to storm drainage and utility work, construction on 10 retaining walls is expected to begin soon, with ramp construction happening simultaneously. As the walls and ramps are erected, the project will begin to take shape.”
Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed, and be alert to changing road conditions in the construction zone, as the current lane closures will change as work progresses.
“The traffic pattern within the project limits is also expected to change this year,” said Jensen. “More information will be provided prior to the reconfiguration and traffic shift. The current traffic pattern on Broad and Memorial will remain in effect until late spring.”
Key Project Events: Portions of Broadmor Boulevard will be closed until summer 2015. Traffic on Broad Street will remain reduced from seven to five lanes from West Main Street to Ridgely Road. Crews will continue utility relocation work using both night and day crews. Work on project ramps and retaining walls is anticipated to begin in February.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr1/