Tennessee Has the 2nd Fewest Roads in Poor Condition - Murfreesboro Road Projects Continue

Jul 27, 2020 at 04:15 pm by WGNS


According to data from the Federal Highway Administration, 26 percent of major urban roads in the U.S. are in poor condition.

In Tennessee, only 8.6% of all major roads are in sad shape right now, significantly less than the national average of 26.4%. In fact out of all states, Tennessee has the 2nd fewest roads in poor condition in the U.S.

Evidently, the past few months have been a good time for states to repair bad roads due to Americans basicly being forced to stay home due to COVID-19. With traffic reduced, departments of transportation across the country went to work fixing bridges, highways, and mass transit systems—many of which were long overdue for repair.

To find which states have the worst roads, researchers at CoPilot analyzed road quality statistics from the Federal Highway Administration. Using the FHA’s International Roughness Index (IRI) data, they ranked each state based on the percentage of road-miles categorized as poor.

The analysis found that in Tennessee, only 8.6% of all major roads are in poor condition, significantly less than the national average of 26.4%. Out of all states, Tennessee has the 2nd fewest roads in poor condition in the U.S.

Here is a summary of the data for Tennessee:

- Percentage of all major roads in poor condition: 8.6%
- Interstates and freeways in poor condition: 2.8%
- Arterials in poor condition: 10.5%
- Minor arterials in poor condition: 14.5%
- Daily vehicle-miles per capita: 36.0
- Miles of road per 1k people: 7.6

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

- Percentage of all major roads in poor condition: 26.4%
- Interstates and freeways in poor condition: 5.8%
- Arterials in poor condition: 26.4%
- Minor arterials in poor condition: 34.5%
- Daily vehicle-miles per capita: 24.9
- Miles of road per 1k people: 4.9

Above information is detailed on CoPilot’s website: https://www.copilotsearch.com/posts/cities-with-the-worst-roads/

Road Projects in Murfreesboro continue (July 26 through August 1):

• Right Turn Lane Improvement Work (Robert Rose Dr at Thompson Ln)

Expected Lane Closures:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm:  Contractor for the City of Murfreesboro will be making right turn lane improvements on Robert Rose Dr at Thompson Ln.  Appropriate traffic controls will be in place.

• Underground Utility Installation Work (Sulphur Springs Rd at Northfield Blvd)

Expected Lane Closures:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:  Contractor for a private development will be performing underground utility work on Northfield Blvd near Sulphur Spring Rd.  Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.  Appropriate traffic controls will be in place. Westbound traffic will not be affected

• Sanitary Sewer Installation Work (Pointer Pl between Florence Rd and Bridgemore Blvd)

Expected Lane Closures:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:  Contractor for a private development (Shelton Crossing) will be performing sanitary sewer installation work on Pointer Pl between Florence Rd and Bridgemore Blvd.  There will be lane closures and traffic interruptions.  Appropriate traffic controls will be in place.

• Traffic Signal Installation and Signal Pole Painting Work

1) Memorial Blvd & Kings Ridge Dr
2) Memorial Blvd and Eleanor Dr
3) Downtown Traffic signals (Painting work)

Expected Lane Closures:  Monday through Thursday, Night time work: 8:30 pm to 5:00 pm:  City Traffic Signal contractor will be installing traffic signal loops on Memorial Blvd and painting work in the downtown area.  There will be lane closures and traffic interruptions.  Appropriate traffic controls will be in place.

• Annual City Street Paving Projects

Expected Lane Closures:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM:  City contractor will be milling, installing stamped concrete and drainage work at the following streets:

1. Medical Center Pkwy at Thompson Ln (stamped sidewalk installation work)
2. Brinkley Rd near Silvosa St (drainage Work)

Expect lane shifts and traffic interruptions.  Appropriate traffic controls will be in place.

TDOT Resurfacing Projects (State Projects):

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, I-24 SMART Corridor

• Nightly, 8PM-5AM, There will be intermittent lane closure between MM 55-80 for barrier rail relocation.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY:

The construction of pedestrian facilities on State Route 10 - Memorial Blvd from DeJarnette Ln to Thompson Ln in Murfreesboro

• Daily, 8:00AM-3:30PM, There will be a right lane closure in both direction to excavate and install sidewalk. One to two lanes will remain open at all times.

• Nightly, 8:00PM-5:00AM, There will be alternating lane closures at DeJarnette Ln for curb ramp island construction.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, State Route 99 (New Salem Hwy) resurfacing from Cason Lane to I-24

• Daily, 9AM-4PM, There will be intermittent lane closure in both directions between the intersection of Warrior Dr and the intersection of Cason Ln on SR 99 for utility and construction work.  One lane will remain open at all times.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Overhead Sign Replacement on I-24

• Nightly, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures in both direction at MM 80 (New Salem Hwy) pour median footer.

Source: TDOT

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