The Tennessee Department of Transportation is looking to ease congestion at one of the busiest intersections in the entire state.
Anyone traveling through Murfreesboro knows it’s the intersection where Broad Street meets Memorial Boulevard and Old Fort Parkway.
Plans are to ease constant congestion by building a bridge on Memorial Boulevard that will create an overpass over Broad Street.
”Construction is already under way,” said Region 3 TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen. “The contract for the $17.6 million project was awarded to Bell and Associates. Completion is expected in May 2016. This is desperately needed to relieve extreme congestion at this intersection.”
The Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization identifies 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.
The numbers are not going to go down. TDOT projects an estimated 24 percent increase in the number of vehicles passing through the intersection by the year 2034, an increase to 72,740 vehicles a day.
Work includes plans for enhanced lighting, landscaping and aesthetic treatment of the retaining walls. Other improvements to Broad Street and Old Fork Parkway will include sidewalks, curb and gutter.
Over the next two years, the construction company plans to keep a total of four lanes open at all times and not block the entrances to businesses.
To keep people informed of the progress, TDOT has established a website where people can view the information and request updates to be emailed to them at www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr1.