MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Work on the Memorial Boulevard bridge over Broad Street in Murfreesboro started a few months ago and everyone, especially business owners in the area, have a lot of questions.
Currently, construction is in Phase I, which includes relocating utilities before crews can get started on things like ramps and retaining walls.
Only a couple of months into the construction, business owners are already starting to feel the growing pains.
They say detours are confusing, parking lots are dangerous and the list goes on for some Murfreesboro business owners like Clyde Gresham of Coach’s Corner Barber Shop.
“Things have slowed down,” Gresham told News 2. “I’ve had a lot of people call me and say, ‘Hey, can I still get to you the same way?’”
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says because of the mess, they’ve contracted with a consulting firm to better communicate with everyone; however, some monthly and quarterly updates are lost in the mail.
Gresham told News 2 he doesn’t know what’s going on and that his customers have lots of questions that he doesn’t have the answer to.
“If we’re servicing the community and we have these questions, come to us. We, as show owners or business owners, should be able to share that information with them and reassure them that, ‘Hey, we are here to be open and this is how the project’s going,’” he said.
In Gresham’s opinion, the bridge over Broad Street is much needed. He even has a picture of what it’s supposed to look like hanging on the walls of his shop.
He still says it’s going to be a long two years.
“I just believe that we have loyal patrons,” says Gresham. “They continue to come but then they continue to ask questions too.”
With all of the headaches aside, TDOT says everything is on schedule to be done by May 2016.
During construction, traffic on Broad Street will remain from seven to five lanes in between Main Street and Ridgely Road, while parts of Broadmor Boulevard will stay closed until the summer.