The ongoing Middle Tennessee Boulevard road-widening project will close both the Faulkinberry Drive and Bell Street campus entrances to traffic beginning Monday (12/18/2017) through sometime in mid-January.
The university will be closed December 22 through January 1 for winter break and spring semester classes begin Tuesday, January 16, 2018. These entrances may still be closed when classes resume. Campus parking and transportation officials urge motorists to make plans to avoid these areas during these temporary closures.
Work continues to progress on the $15.7 million Middle Tennessee Boulevard widening project, which will upgrade the .8-mile section of the thoroughfare between East Main and Greenland Drive. The city of Murfreesboro is overseeing the work, which is expected to be completed in fall 2018.
The enhancement will also include divided landscaped medians, bike lanes, improved sidewalks and lighting, new traffic signals, decorative crosswalks and underground utilities.
When the project is complete, the west side of campus also will be affected in the following ways:
- Traffic flow on Faulkinberry Drive will change to "right turn in, right turn out" onto Middle Tennessee Boulevard.
- A pull-in area for buses will be added to the front of Murphy Center.
- Pedestrian crossings with signals will be added at Lytle and Division Streets, and crosswalks at Bell Street and Faulkinberry Drive will be upgraded.
- Brick walls with signage will be erected at the corners of Greenland Drive and Lytle, and another wall will be added at East Main Street, to better define the university's boundaries.
- Flagpoles will be erected at Faulkinberry Drive.