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.
“With longer days and improved weather, progress has increased significantly on the project,” said Heather Jensen, TDOT Regions 3 community relations officer. “As utility relocation nears completion, contract crews are moving forward with other work.”
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 daily.
Plans are to ease constant congestion by building a bridge on Memorial Boulevard that will create an overpass over Broad Street. It’s a $17.6 million project.
Bell & Associates Construction is currently working on retaining walls for the southwest ramp, which runs along the south side of SR 96 between the CSX overpass and the Broad Street intersection. Foundations and footings for the walls are underway, with work on the vertical portion expected soon.
Road widening work will be coordinated with retaining wall construction along the east side of Broad Street and the south side of SR 96.
All utility contractors are finalizing utility work, including paving and patching of trenches and general cleanup.
Key project notes:
Temporary signals installed at the Broad and Memorial intersection to remain in place through construction.
Portions of Broadmor Boulevard to remain closed until further notice.
Broad Street traffic to remain reduced from seven to five lanes from West Main Street to Ridgely Road.
Work on ramps and retaining walls underway, road widening to begin soon.
Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed, and be alert to changing road conditions in the construction zone.