Project Description

Wiser Consultants provided survey, design and construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the South Rutherford Boulevard widening project which is located in southeast Murfreesboro. The project included widening of the existing South Rutherford Boulevard from two to five lanes as part of the City’s Transportation Plan. Completion of this project’s two phases created an arterial link from US-231 around the south side of Murfreesboro to US-41/US-70S, and connects to North Rutherford Blvd. A corridor study was conducted to select the preferred route prior to the roadway and bridge design.

Phase 1 included the road widening, the construction of a 149′-9” long, 75’-0” wide, 3-span bridge replacing the at-grade crossing of the existing CSX railroad, approximately 67,500 square feet of retaining wall, improvements to minor connecting roads, constructing drainage structures, and extending an existing road to intersect South Rutherford Blvd. Phase 1 runs from South Church Street on the west, across the new bridge over the railroad, and ending to the east of the Southern Container entrance.

Phase 2 included the road widening, the widening of a 123’-11” long, 75’-0” wide, 3-span bridge over Lytle Creek, approximately 18,500 square feet of retaining wall, constructing drainage structures, and signalization changes at the intersection with SE Broad Street. Phase 2 runs from the end of Phase 1 near the entrance of the Rock Tenn facility to SE Broad Street (US-41).

The Challenges

The project faced several challenges for design and construction, including the following: relocation of the signalized intersection with South Church Street, elimination of an at-grade railroad crossing and construction of the bridge for above-grade crossing, and relocation of TVA poles and Murfreesboro Electric power lines.

Coordination was required with TDOT both for permitting the proposed work at US-41, as well as coordinating with an ongoing TDOT construction project to widen South Church Street. Extension of drainage pipes for the roadway widening necessitated submittal of an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) to TDEC. The watercourse crossing under the roadway had been identified as a jurisdictional stream during state reviews of an adjacent development project.