Murfreesboro road plan will extend Northfield Boulevard to Thompson Lane

Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal, November 9, 2017

Northfield Boulevard will be extended from Broad Street to Thompson Lane in the Gateway area, the Murfreesboro Planning Commission decided Wednesday.

The Northfield project is a part of the 2040 Major Thoroughfare Plan that the officials adopted before a room with about 50 audience members, including Joey Peay, the chief executive officer of a Murfreesboro Medical Clinic located near where the boulevard would be enxtended.

“I’m actually in favor of it,” Peay said in being one of the eight people to speak about the road projects during a public hearing.

This rendering from the Murfreesboro 2040 Major Thoroughfare Plan shows how the city seeks to extend Northfield Boulevard (red line in east-west direction) from Broad Street to Thompson Lane. The Murfreesboro Planning Commission adopted the road plans Wednesday night (Nov. 8, 2017).
(Photo: Submitted)

City Engineer Chris Griffith told Peay that the estimated $25 million Northfield extension would reach Thompson by the Stones River National Battlefield entrance. The complex project will include a bridge that would cross the Stones River, and either another bridge over the CSX railroad or a tunnel under the lines, Griffith said.

“This is a much needed project,” said Griffith, who noted that the city has looked at the extension possibility for many years. “It’s a project we’d like to get started on almost immediately. If we get started today, we’ll be lucky if we’re driving down it in 10 years.”

2040 plan will cost $1 billion
City Environmental Engineer Sam Huddleston noted how the Northfield extension will help many neighborhoods connect to the Gateway area’s medical services and other businesses. The Gateway area includes Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and TrustPoint Hospital.

“We think it’s a very beneficial project,” Huddleston said.

The 2040 plan has 76 road projects that will cost about $1 billion, Huddeston said.

The city since 1997 has spent about $350 million on 83 completed road projects. Another $317 million is committed on 30 projects from federal, state, Rutherford County, city and private development funding, Huddleston said.

The road planning is part of the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan to help guide development. Consultants who worked on the plan project the city will have a population of about 228,000 residents by 2035. Murfreesboro reached a U.S. Census estimated population of 131,947 on July 1, 2016.

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