Posted on August 2, 2019
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn., August 2, 2019 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke at the opening of Middle Tennessee Boulevard, which runs along Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro.
“Middle Tennessee Boulevard creates a great first impression for a great university. According to landscape architecture professor Phillip Waite, most prospective students decide within ten minutes of being on campus whether the college they’re visiting will stay on their list based on how it looks.
“Roughly half of Davidson County high school graduates attend MTSU. In addition, half of all MTSU students are the first in their family to attend college and over 40 percent graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school. MTSU has proven over the last few years that it is committed to high academic standards and helping students complete their degrees. This new entrance will help attract even more students. Congratulations to MTSU President McPhee and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland – your leadership has helped make this possible.”
The planning of the Middle Tennessee Boulevard began in 2002 and construction began in 2016. The project cost $18.2 million, with over $7 million dollars in federal funding secured by Alexander, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and former Representative Bart Gordon, and $5 million from Middle Tennessee State University. The four lane road stretches a mile by MTSU between Greenland Drive and East Main Street. Improvements include new bike lanes, rebuilt sidewalks, landscaped medians and drop off lanes at the Murphy Center and Faulkinberry Drive.