A walk or drive through downtown Murfreesboro may soon get a little easier.
A new development will change the layout of the streets and attract more businesses and city growth.
Residents said they are happy to hear about the changes.
New traffic signals are coming to Broad at Front and Vine streets, which should help significantly with the congested traffic.
Commuters who live there know how hard it is to make a left turn on Front Street onto Broad, but that intersection will soon be gone and a different, more efficient, realignment of Front Street will go in its place.
The plan centers around the Cannonsburgh Village/Historic Bottoms area and includes a pedestrian bridge over Broad.
The new plan also includes a large parking lot centered in the heart of downtown.
“We try to make decisions about our transportation and our infrastructure with that in mind, looking ahead 30-40 years to what the community may need, then build it today to serve that future need,” said Sam Huddleston, Executive Director of Development Services Division for the City of Murfreesboro.
City officials hope infrastructure upgrades along with tax incentives will spur commercial and residential redevelopment for an arts and entertainment district for the fast-growing city.
It would be several years before the design is a reality with construction possible in the next four years and the complete vision complete by 2040.
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