Distribution Network Keeps Commerce Moving in La Vergne
Medical Center Parkway, Rutherford County, TN
Medical Center Parkway at sunset as seen from the roof of the new chamber building.
For businesses that move people and freight by trains, planes, trucks and automobiles, Rutherford County holds all the advantages.
“One reason Rutherford County is such a great place to live and do business is that it is so easy to get here from anywhere in the country. And it’s so easy to get from here to anyplace else,” La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley says.
Not only is Rutherford County the geographic center of Tennessee, it is within a day’s drive of 75 percent of the markets in the United States. And getting to those markets is easy, due to the county’s well-developed transportation network, which is getting even better, thanks to a number of major road projects.
“When a business is considering moving here, a great selling point is our transportation network,” Mosley says.
Local transportation options include:
Nashville International Airport is located within a 30-minute drive of Rutherford County’s population centers. Thirteen airlines offer direct flights and connections to destinations throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.
Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. With a primary runway long enough to handle a Boeing 747 – and a second runway capable of handling business jets – the airport is home to corporate aircraft, charter service and flight training. Individually owned aircraft are also based at the airport, which is the third-largest and busiest general aviation airport in Tennessee.
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, with a runway 3,898 feet long, is a general aviation airport serving Middle Tennessee. The airport’s largest tenant is the Aerospace Department of Middle Tennessee State University. The airport is home base for more than 100 light aircraft. It also operates Grace Heliport, which enables Middle Tennessee Medical Center to use helicopter ambulances to transport critical patients.
CSX operates a main rail line serving manufacturers and other businesses.
Interstate 24 runs through Rutherford County, linking with I-59 and I-75 at Chattanooga and with I-65 and I-40 in Nashville. State Route 840 bisects Rutherford County, connecting with I-40 east of Nashville at Lebanon and I-65 South at Franklin. By fall 2012, construction of SR 840 should be complete, linking with I-40 near Dickson.
“State Route 840’s completion will bring markets to the west even closer to Rutherford County, which is especially valuable for our trucking and distribution businesses,” Mosley says.
Projects Ease Congestion
Orange construction zone barrels will be prominent on the county’s roads and highways throughout 2011 as planners move forward with projects intended to ease congestion and promote economic development. The latest U.S. Census estimates put the growing county's population at more than 260,000 people. New and continuing projects include:
· Extending Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro between State Route 96 and State Route 99 (New Salem Highway) That $17 million project was scheduled for completion in early 2011.
· Extending Veterans Parkway from Barfield Road to Barfield Crescent Park
· Extending Joe B. Jackson Parkway from South Church Street to I-24 The project represents a partnership between the county, city of Murfreesboro and the state Department of Transportation, which are sharing the cost.
· Reconfiguring Gresham Lane, Fortress Boulevard and Manson Pike in Murfreesboro
· Widening Waldron Road in La Vergne at I-24 and U.S. 41 Mosley says the project will smooth traffic flow and attract new distribution businesses and retailers
“Our investment in our transportation network sends a message. 'You can live here, do business here and you can do your shopping here,'” Mosley says.