Crews from Rogers Group Inc. completed the interchange project at Interstate 24 and Manson Pike four months ahead of the estimated Oct. 31 completion date.
The project is designed to relieve traffic in a rapidly growing section of Rutherford County and will divert some traffic from the highly traveled interchange at State Route 96. The work included the construction of a six-lane overpass, entrance and exit ramps and three retaining walls.
“This area of Rutherford County is showing tremendous growth,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “With the construction of the new Medical Center and the continued growth in the Blackman community, this interchange will help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the region.”
The Manson Pike Interchange is being built in conjunction with the widening of I-24 from two lanes to five lanes in each direction from State Route 840 to State Route 96. The I-24 widening project is slated for completion in the fall.
“The completion of the Manson Pike/Medical Center Parkway Interchange and the widening of I-24 are very important to the continued growth and development of Rutherford County,” said State Representative John Hood. “This interchange will give us needed relief for traffic in and out of Murfreesboro, but more importantly, it directly affects the Gateway Project, which signals a new chapter in the economic progress being enjoyed in our community. TDOT and the contractor involved are to be commended for bringing this interchange project to completion months ahead of the contract date.”
TDOT officials met with representatives Rogers Group throughout the project to plan and coordinate construction activities in order to complete the project ahead of schedule while providing minimum impact to area motorists.
TDOT traffic counts estimate 8,460 vehicles currently travel that area of Manson Pike each day while approximately 66,200 travel this stretch of I-24 daily.
Minor work will continue on the project for the next several weeks, but should have minimal traffic impacts.