$17M bridge project to reconstruct Murfreesboro intersection - WKRN News 2

$17M bridge project to reconstruct Murfreesboro intersection

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2012 05:03 PM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A $17 million project, designed to improve traffic flow in one of the busiest cities in Middle Tennessee, is being met with resistance.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to begin construction on a bridge that will bring Memorial Boulevard over Broad Street sometime next summer.

Some local businesses are worried the project may drive customers away, people business owner David Kellermann.

Kellermann told Nashville's News 2 he is extremely proud of his business which has been located on College Street, just off Memorial Boulevard for 15 years.

"This will be closed, so all of this area is going to be dead," said Kellermann, pointing down the street toward Memorial.

Kellermann's business, "The Very Idea," does signs, embroidery and silk screen tee shirts, just to name a few.

The idea of the bridge is something Kellermann dislikes, but one that is very much on its way to becoming reality.

"It's going to my location nonexistent," he told Nashville's News 2, "Instead of having traffic pass by my store, they're going to close off the street that fronts me."

Kellermann put his business to work, placing a sign where College Street intersects with Memorial Boulevard.

Once construction begins, drivers won't be able to turn in here and it will stay that way once the bridge is finished.

"It's going to be an eye sore, in my opinion" said Kellermann, "And a lot of other peoples' opinion, plus extremely expensive."

Not only is this one of the busiest intersections in Murfreesboro, but TDOT said it's actually one of the busiest intersections in the entire state.

An estimated 30,000 cars pass through the area every single day and according to TDOT, that number is expected to double by 2014."

"A lot of small businesses thrive in this area and we're really going to be affected," said Wade Hayes.

Hayes owns "Toots," a popular restaurant in Murfreesboro.

Hayes said he's worried drivers will avoid the entire downtown area, including his restaurant, during the bridge build.

"It's going to be very frustrating," Hayes told Nashville's News 2. "It's going to impact everybody in Murfreesboro."

Kellermann plans to get as many people as he can to take a look at the issue and express their frustration.

TDOT said they plan to have a number of community meetings on the project, beginning in the New Year.

"TDOT is committed to working with these business owners who have concerns," said spokesperson Beth Emmons said. "

She continued, "We're going to work out any issues and resolve any issues that they may have. This project's going to have a very big public involvement component. There's even been talk of forming a community task force."

Emmons said the project is expected to begin sometime next summer and last three years.

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