Rework Of Murfreesboro’s Busiest Intersection Is Another Growing Pain

The design is nicknamed a SPUI (pronounced "spewy"). It stands for single point urban interchange. It's supposed to allow continuous movement in both directions. Credit: TDOT

The design is nicknamed a SPUI (pronounced “spewy”). It stands for single point urban interchange. It’s supposed to allow continuous movement in both directions. Credit: TDOT

Traffic at Murfreesboro’s busiest intersection is going to become much worse before it gets any better. Transportation officials announced a complete rerouting where Broad Street, Memorial Boulevard and Old Fort Parkway converge.

How could it be that three thoroughfares come together at one spot? Downtown Murfreesboro’s streets run primarily in a grid pattern. But Memorial Boulevard cuts diagonally. And now 60,000 cars pass through each day.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s answer is to raise Memorial over Broad. Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg says the project is just one more growing pain for a town that’s quickly turning into a city.

“I think we’re talking about three years of inconvenience. Half of this project is going to be building a bridge. The other half is moving every utility we have in town.”

Utility companies are still trying to acquire property for relocating water, electricity, gas and cable TV lines. Construction is expected to start early next year. Community meetings to prepare residents and businesses are planned for the fall.

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