Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews plan to shift traffic on Broad Street (SR 1) in Murfreesboro. Weather permitting, crews have tentatively scheduled to start work Thursday, April 10 and it could take several days to completely shift traffic.
Thursday April 10 through Tuesday April 15, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day, there will be alternating lane closures on Old Fort Parkway (SR 96), Broad Street and College Street in order to prepare for the new traffic shift. Once the new traffic pattern is in place, there will be two travel lanes in each direction and a turn lane. The new traffic pattern will be in place for the next year and will allow crews to safely perform road and utility work.
In addition to this new traffic pattern, on Wednesday April 16, the intersection of College Street and Memorial Blvd. will also close for utility work and grading activities. This closure will eliminate access into and from College Street at its intersection with Memorial. Drivers will still be able to access College Street from north of downtown via St. Clair Street and from south of downtown via Main Street.
This traffic shift is part of the project to completely reconstruct the intersection of Broad St. (SR 1) and Memorial Blvd./Old Fort Parkway (SR 96/SR 10) by creating a single point urban interchange. The project will create a new bridge on Memorial Blvd. that will cross over Broad Street. The $17.6 million project is expected to be completely finished in early summer of 2016.
**** Video of Broad Street can be found here: http://youtu.be/wBMEABm65nM
To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR1/. To see renderings of what the new Broad St./Memorial Blvd. interchange will look like, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tndot/sets/72157634197817750/. The photos posted there are available for publication by media outlets.
TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area.
Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways. The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.